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Chris Cornell fans got an unexpected gift in honor of Toni Cornell’s birthday recently when a previously unreleased clip of one of Cornell’s solo songs was shared via social media.

Embedded below is a clip from the original cut of  “Only These Words” from Cornell’s 2015 solo LP, Higher Truth. The clip was shared marking the 16th birthday of Toni and was accompanied by a moving slideshow of images of the father and daughter together.

When shared via Instagram, the clip featured the following caption from Toni’s mother, Vicky: “Toni, 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!”

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.