Africa Lyrics - Toto



Review The Song (3)


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"

Chorus:
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
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

(Instrumental break)

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 rains down in Africa, I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had




Writer: STONE
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The meaning | Reviewer: A musician | 11/13/12

Toto members interviewed on MTV in the day admitted they needed a hit and thought they could build one using every popular hook known at the time. This is what they created, and they got their big hit. The lyrics I think are a poetic version of a primally horny guy (hence the African references) awaiting his girl's arrival on a plane, thankfully planning to take his time doing things they never had before. Despite the pragmatic beginnings, it's still a good 80s hit song.

Missionaries be damned | Reviewer: me Mathabo | 10/28/11

It made me think of my two years in Africa in the Peace Corps and how most of the missonaries I met were into bribery and chicanery. I don't believe in god and the song to me just talks of the wonders of Africa, the scenery, the people, the animals.....and the rains.

What the song meaning is for me | Reviewer: shellie drez | 11/15/09

I woke up thinking about this song,this morning,so I was curious why.I'm a christian and I believe God communicates to us through song,sometimes.This is what I got out of the song:I see myself walking around outside late night with stars and moon shining,the old man I stop may be homeless hoping to find something of important meaning from what he says.There's a lot it could take for me to be dragged away from God/Jesus.Its going to take some time to do the things God wants me to do in ministry in a church,that he has shown me to do,since a kid,and over the past year.He has shown me to sing,dance unto him,at home4now but will be a time where I am called to minister to people in praise/worship thru dance,and song.Since I been outta church awhile I have become wild with cussing real bad.I seek to cure what is deep inside of me,instilled by God.I feel God says"Hurry daughter,blessings are awaiting you,in this ministry I called4you but dont be too anxious,it will come in due time!



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