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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

CHORUS:
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 have

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

CHORUS

(Instrumental break)

Hurry boy, she'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, 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 have



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  • tassan
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    tassanMar 14, 2009 at 8:42 am
    Contrary to popular belief this song is not about a woman at all. It is about a man going on a plane back to his beloved Africa. It talks about "she" coming in 12:30 flight. He is referring to the time the plane is coming in to take him away because he goes on in the same verse about the moonlight reflecting the stars that guide him towards salvation, being Africa. He goes on to talk about an old man he meets. He wants to ask him about some ancient stories or songs and the man turns to him and gives him a look that says, hurry Africa is waiting. The chorus is about how, since he is going back to Africa, it would be almost impossible to drag him away again. Then he goes on to talk about the things he wants to do that he never took the time to do before when he was in Africa. The song was meant for Zoologist and host of syndicated Wild Kingdom Jim Fowler who brought the show footage from the wilds of Africa. Fowler has said it's hard to leave Africa. He has been back many times since.
  • Naast
    NaastJun 16, 2011 at 5:12 am
    The "woman" in question is Mother Africa. His relationship with the real woman ended , so he went to Africa to heal and discover who he is.
  • Ajax
    AjaxJun 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm
    It's not entirely about a woman, but there is a woman in the story this song was written to tell.

    This song tells the story of a man who comes to Africa and must make a decision about the girl who comes to see him. He is enamored with the country, but must leave if he is going to be with her.

    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 '80s 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."
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    NakedeyechicJan 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm
    i always thought it meant i bless the rains bc there are parts that are dry and arid and its gonna take alot to keep me from reaaching a goal...its interesting to know its not about a woman
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    CradleGirl4EverFeb 23, 2009 at 2:06 am
    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 have

    beautiful song... absolutely beautiful

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