Tom Morello Reveals ‘Very Cryptic’ Chris Cornell Text Messages

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Former Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello detailed text messages that Chris Cornell sent him years ago in a new NPR World Cafe interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“It was during a sort of not great period in the early part of Audioslave where Chris had been missing for some time. We didn’t know where he was, we were very concerned about him. In the middle of the night he texts me some very cryptic couplets which was: ‘If you swallow the coin from the wishing well, your dreams will come true in heaven or hell.’ I thought, well that’s not great (laughs). I’m like, ‘How are you? Where are you? Do you need any help?’ And he texts me back that. The next day I wrote the song ‘Garden of Gethsemane’, which is of course in the New Testament, where Jesus had his moment of doubt. It’s a song that I play at the shows for my buddy Chris.”

Morello wrote on Instagram on Monday, “Today’s the 16th anniversary of the release of Audioslave’s debut album. Tim & Brad & I were bursting at the seems with ideas and felt liberated to explore new soundscapes and rock ferociously. Chris Cornell’s haunting & powerful vocals and incredible melodies & lyrics sealed the deal on one of my favorite records I’ve ever been involved in.”