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Toto's, "Africa"
The Lyrics:
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 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
Why:
"Africa" was the band Toto's only #1 song (surprisingly) and was #1 in January 1983 (knocking out of that spot, Daryl Hall & John Oates' "Maneater", "Africa" would be knocked out of the top spot by another song about another continent, Men At Work's "Down Under"). In the song (and the title of the tune) chorus (I have transcribed above the first chorus) is the continent of Africa (indeed a real place). In the second verse, as I have transcribed above, is the Tanzania mountain of Kilimanjaro which is in the Serengeti savnnah which is a National Park in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is an inactive volcano, it is the highest elevation in Africa. The Serengeti is a 60,000 square foot savannah. In the song, "Africa", Toto compares Kilimanjaro to the highest mountain in the country of Greece, Mount Olympus (another real place) which is where we get the name of the Olympic Games.
Submitted by: Peter
Toto's, "Africa"
The Lyrics:
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 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
Why:
"Africa" was the band Toto's only #1 song (surprisingly) and was #1 in January 1983 (knocking out of that spot, Daryl Hall & John Oates' "Maneater", "Africa" would be knocked out of the top spot by another song about another continent, Men At Work's "Down Under"). In the song (and the title of the tune) chorus (I have transcribed above the first chorus) is the continent of Africa (indeed a real place). In the second verse, as I have transcribed above, is the Tanzania mountain of Kilimanjaro which is in the Serengeti savnnah which is a National Park in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is an inactive volcano, it is the highest elevation in Africa. The Serengeti is a 60,000 square foot savannah. In the song, "Africa", Toto compares Kilimanjaro to the highest mountain in the country of Greece, Mount Olympus (another real place) which is where we get the name of the Olympic Games.
Submitted by: Peter

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