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Toto – Africa
Jun 3, 2011
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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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Red Rider was led by guitarist Tom Cochrane, who had a solo hit in 1991 with "Life Is A Highway." He wrote this song after reading about Raoul Wallenberg, who worked to free Hungarian Jews during World War ii. The song speaks against the oppression of Jews in America, which Cochrane felt was far less overt but still disturbing. Cochrane even mentions the "Final Solution" in the lyrics, which refers to Hitler's wish that all Jews be eliminated. (thanks, Raymond - Winnipeg, Canada).
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