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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Africa by Toto: I Hear the Drums Echoing Tonight

Africa is a legendary song by the American rock band Toto. The band released 17 albums and since 1977 sold over 35 million albums. Toto was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. One of their best known songs is “Africa”, this iconic 80's song tells the story of a young man who travels to Africa and must make a choice whether to leave with his love who flew in to take him back home or stay in the land he fell in love with, Africa. 



Toto keyboard player David Paich wrote the song, and explained in the liner notes of Toto's Best Ballads compilation: "At the beginning of the 80's I watched a late night documentary on TV about all the terrible death and suffering of the people in Africa. It both moved and appalled me and the pictures just wouldn't leave my head. I tried to imagine how I'd feel about if I was there and what I'd do." Paich had never been to Africa when he wrote the song.


Toto Africa song lyrics:
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
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

(Instrumentals)

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)

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

Africa is a legendary song by rock band Toto

Toto Africa song facts:
·        Recorded: October 25, 1981
·        Released: May 10, 1982
·        Song length: 4:55 album and 7:05 extended version
·        Songwriters: Stone
·        Africa lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
·        Songwriters: David F Paich, Jeffrey T Porcaro
·        Africa lyrics © Spirit Music Group

Africa lives on in popular culture:
·        The song was used in the Top Gear Africa Special
·        In the TV show Community, Troy and Abed sing "Africa" with Professor Bauer in Anthropology 101's End Tag
·        Instrumentals of the song briefly play in the American Dad! Episode titled "Camp Refoogee".

·        Africa is featured in the Family Guy episode "Internal Affairs" It is the song that was playing when Joe and Bonnie first met, and becomes their song.

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