Africa
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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 old 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 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 (ooh, ooh)

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 (ooh, ooh)

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 rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa




(Gonna take the time)
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (ooh, ooh)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Toto's song "Africa" tell a story of a person traveling to Africa in search of something, something to heal the fear and anxiety that plagues them. The song is a journey that explores the unknown fears that come when we venture into the unknown, into places that are not familiar. The opening lines of the song, "I hear the drums echoing tonight, but she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation," creates a juxtaposition between the familiarity of the drums and the unfamiliar whispers. The singer is on a journey to find the unknown, to find that which they do not yet know.


Throughout the song, there are references to classical African natural features such as Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. These references give the song a sense of place, grounding it in a specific location. As the singer moves closer to their goal, they start to understand what they seek is not the physical location but instead the personal growth they will gain from their journey. "I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become," is a reflection of the inner struggle they face, knowing that they must keep going no matter what.


The chorus, "I bless the rains down in Africa, gonna take some time to do the things we never had," is an acknowledgment that it will not be easy to let go of the fear and anxiety that holds us back. But through perseverance and the willingness to go and explore what is unknown, we can find that inner peace we desire.


Line by Line Meaning

I hear the drums echoing tonight
The singer hears the sounds of drums in the distance.


But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
The person he is thinking of can only hear faint background conversations.


She's coming in, 12:30 flight
The person he is thinking of is arriving on a flight at 12:30.


The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation
The wings of the plane he is on reflect the stars and give him hope that he will find what he is looking for.


I stopped an old man along the way hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient melodies
He encounters an old man and hopes to learn something from him, perhaps some ancient wisdom.


He turned to me as if to say 'Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you'
The old man tells the singer to hurry because what he is searching for is nearby.


It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
The singer is committed to someone and it will be difficult to separate him from that person.


There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
No matter how many people try, they will not be able to keep the artist from his loved one.


I bless the rains down in Africa
The artist appreciates the natural beauty of Africa, and is grateful for the rain that nourishes the land and its people.


Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (ooh, ooh)
The artist intends to take time to discover new experiences and enjoy life.


The wild dogs cry out in the night, as they grow restless longing for some solitary company
The singer observes the restless behavior of wild dogs at night, and wonders if they are lonely like himself.


I know that I must do what's right, as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
The artist recognizes the importance of making the right choices, just as he recognizes the grandeur of Kilimanjaro rising above the Serengeti.


I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become
The singer seeks to heal his innermost fears and doubts, and is afraid of who he has become.


Hurry boy, she's waiting there for you
The person he is thinking of is waiting for him to join her.


I bless the rains down in Africa
The singer expresses his gratitude for the life-giving rains in Africa.


(I bless the rain)
The artist repeats his blessing for emphasis.


Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (ooh, ooh)
The artist reiterates his intention to enjoy life and seek new experiences.




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: David F Paich, Jeffrey T Porcaro

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@ivozaccagni87

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 old 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 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
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 (gonna take the time)
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had



@borisaguilar5294

❤On this date in 1983, AFRICA by TOTO went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (Feb 3, 1983)

Written by Toto band members David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, guitarist Steve Lukather and singer Bobby Kimball have stated that this song nearly didn't make the album and it "was a guy named Al Keller, who was over at CBS" who convinced them to put it on the disc.

Lukather added: "I thought it was the worst song on the album. It didn't fit, the lyrics made no sense and I swore that if it was a hit record, I'd run naked down Hollywood Boulevard! That's how good I am at picking singles! I mean I love the song now but, to be honest with you, at the time I thought it was really the odd ball song on the album. It almost didn't make the record and it was a #1 worldwide single and still gets played everywhere today. No matter where I go in the world, people know that song… it's bizarre! For a song that Dave and I wrote in his living room, people know it in Indonesia!"

"There's a little metaphor involved here," explained Paich, "because I was at the age where I was so immersed in my work, 24/7, that at times I felt like I was becoming just a victim of my work. There was a little bit of autobiographical information in there: being consumed by my work, not having time to go out and pursue getting married and raising a family and doing all the things that other people do that were my age at the time."

In an article in Time magazine, an unidentified group member said they were looking for a song just to close off the album and did not think "Africa" would do as well as it did. They also mentioned that if you listen closely during the lyrics "catch some waves," you can hear some of them singing "catch some rays."

Toto IV won a Grammy for Album of the Year, but voters didn't nominate "Africa" for either Record of the Year or Song of the Year; they preferred "Rosanna," which was nominated in both categories and won for Record of the Year.

The video was directed by Steve Barron, who also did "Rosanna" and many other early MTV favorites. Toto was one of the few American bands that was making videos even before MTV, and after the network launched in 1981, their Barron-directed clips earned them lots of exposure.

"Africa" is a very stylized, conceptual video with memorable imagery and an abstract storyline. It finds David Paich in an African library trying to find the book that matches a torn clipping he carries. There is a cute librarian, taxidermy, a burning spear and a globe. What's going on is clearly open to interpretation.

In the UK, this was issued as a limited-edition picture disc shaped like the continent of Africa. The gimmick helped send the song to #3, making it their biggest hit in Britain.❤



@Thorsten-Tom-Martin

LYRICS:
[Verse 1: David Paich]

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

[Chorus: Bobby Kimball]
It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothin' that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
We're gonna take some time to do the things we never had
Ooh-hoo

[Verse 2: David Paich]
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
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

[Chorus: Bobby Kimball]
It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothin' that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
We're gonna take some time to do the things we never had
Ooh-hoo

[Bridge: David Paich & Bobby Kimball]
Hurry, boy, she's waiting there for you

[Chorus: Bobby Kimball]
It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothin' 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 rains)
I bless the rains down in Africa (I bless the rains)
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa (Ah, gonna take the time)
We're gonna take some time to do the things we never had
Ooh-hoo



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