Chris Cornell‘s cover version of Johnny Cash‘s “You Never Knew My Mind” is now streaming online, along with a video of the late Soundgarden singer discussing the track.
“You Never Knew My Mind” will appear on Johnny Cash: Forever Words, a collaborative album consisting of songs created from Cash’s poetry, lyrics, and letters, previously collected in a book of the same name.
Johnny Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, who curated and co-produced the project, told Beats One, “(My father) wrote ‘You Never Knew My Mind’ in 1967. I assume and I’m fairly certain it was written for his first wife, Vivian. That was the year that their divorce was legal. It was also the year where his love for my mother flourished. So ‘You Never Knew My Mind’ was not something that he would have released at that time because my mother was standing beside him.”
Asked about Cornell’s involvement with the project, John said, “I reached out to Chris Cornell, and I said, ‘Would you like to be a part of this?’ He was very excited. Chris told me that he loved my dad. He also had felt everything that was in those words. He had been there. He had gone through the loss of relationships.”
“You Never Knew My Mind” combines “You Never Knew My Mind” with another previously unreleased Cash song, “I Never Knew Your Mind.”
Johnny Cash: Forever Words will be released on April 6th on CD, 2LP vinyl and digital formats. Other artists on the album include Roseanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Jewel, Elvis Costello and more.