Africa

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by

Toto



I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She's coming in, 12:30 flight
The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation
I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say, "Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you"

It's gonna take a lot to take me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

Hurry boy, she's waiting there for you

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
(I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa
(I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
(Ah, gonna take the time)
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

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This song was used in the Africa Special for UK's Top Gear on the 19th season (Series).
- Phil, Neenah, WI
I think this is my favorite song by Toto. I used rock my sons to sleep every night to this song, so it has been a part of them their whole lives. My youngest son chose this song for our mother-son dance when he got married, I laughed & cried through the whole dance. It brings back so many good memories!
- Anne, Spokane, WA
Memories are as we take them, rise above. As what we all believe in as what is centered in our deepest inspiration.
- Kimberly, Landing, NJ
I always thought the lyric was "Sure as Kilimonjaro rises like an emporess above the Serengeti." While it is true that Mount Kilimonjaro isn't near the Serengeti, the song is not intended to be a geography lesson.
- Jay, Centereach, Long Island, NY
Toto is one of my favorite bands from the 70s, and Africa is my favorite song performed by the band. It has been great reading the many comments about this song, but I found none that reflect my first impression of it. I thought it was a song of a white man (maybe a missionary) and his deep love for an African woman and the continent she thrived from. If true, what a complete and free love it would have been. The video has a woman of color in it, and I took it as a confirmation of my thoughts. In addition, I want to say how much I admired and revered the contribution made to the band by the late drummer, Jeff Porcaro. My oldest son is also a professional drummer, so I may have some bias. However, I have been taught to listen to the individual dynamics of a song and the total performance of it. Jeff Porcaro had a gift that was incomparable. I didn't learn of his death until years later, and I still mourn the loss of enjoying more of his work and other artists as well. Thank goodness for today's technology that allows us to continue to enjoy the past geniuses of the wonderful anomaly of the musical art form.
- Glowski, Brandywine, MD
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