Chris Cornell’s Estate Celebrates His Daughter Toni Cornell’s Birthday With Previously Unheard Song

Chris Cornell’s estate has shared a wholesome little song he wrote for his daughter, Toni Cornell. It’s a previously unreleased version of his 2015 single ‘Only These Words’ and they’re sharing it to celebrate Toni’s 16th birthday.

The studio version of ‘Only These Words’ came on Cornell’s solo album Higher Truth and was already a super sweet song. The version shared on Saturday though is stripped right back and a little more personal.

The video, which shows photos of Chris and Toni Cornell when she was a baby, was captioned, “Happy 16th Birthday [Toni Cornell].”


“Your dad would be so proud of the smart, strong, beautiful, and confident woman you are growing up to be. You are so very loved, and you give so much love, freely and unconditionally.

“Your first sentence was “I love you” to your baby brother when you first met him. As your dad so perfectly sang and what it’s always all about – “Only these three words repeating…I love you…””

“Continue to do great things, my sweet girl. He is always with you! And to celebrate you with everyone- I’m sharing part of daddy’s original version of “Only These Words” Happy 16th Birthday, Toni!”

Listen to ‘Only These Words’ below.

Toni Cornell recently performed a Pearl Jam cover for Lollapalooza’s live-stream event.

Chris Cornell’s daughter Lily Cornell interviewed Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder as part of her Instagram series. Check out the five interesting tidbits we learned from it here.

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