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Chris Cornell just released a new song. Wait–What?

One of the very last solo recordings Chris Cornell completed before he died last may was a track called “You Never Knew My Mind,” a song destined for a record entitled Johnny Cash: Forever Words, which is due April 6.

Cash left behind all sorts of letters, lyrics and poems when he died. The concept of the album was to have various other artists put these words to music. Since Cash covered Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage” late in his life, it seemed natural to include Chris in the project.

Cornell recorded “You Never Knew My Mind” at Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Here’s what else the album will contain:

Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson – ‘Forever/I Still Miss Someone’
Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves – ‘To June This Morning’
Brad Paisley – ‘Gold All Over The Ground’
Chris Cornell – ‘You Never Knew My Mind’
Alison Krauss and Union Station – ‘The Captain’s Daughter’
T. Bone Burnett – ‘Jellico Coal Man’
Rosanne Cash – ‘The Walking Wounded’
John Mellencamp – ‘Them Double Blues’
Jewel – ‘Body On Body’
Elvis Costello – ‘I’ll Still Love You’
Carlene Carter – ‘June’s Sundown’
Dailey & Vincent – ‘He Bore It All’
I’m With Her – ‘Chinky Pin Hill’
Robert Glasper featuring Ro James, and Any Sun – ‘Goin’, Goin’, Gone’
The Jayhawks – ‘What Would I Dreamer Do?’
Jamey Johnson – ‘Spirit Rider’


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