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 continent, but must leave if...
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 dragtake 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
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

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

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 rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa (I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa (ah, gonna take the time)
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had


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"Africa" as written by Jeff Porcaro David Paich

Lyrics © Spirit Music Group

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    My InterpretationI don't understand how anyone can think it is about slavery or anything racist. If anything, it is actually a celebration of Africa, a place the narrator embraces, and feels drawn to. It's another clever song with a double meaning, the man is in love with a woman from Africa, but also there's a deeper spiritual connection to Africa, because that is where human beings originated from on this planet. He blesses the rains in Africa, because he sees the wonder of the place and although in the present, society now demarcates people into "races" based, he feels he is going back to his roots, and he is glad for it.
    MurasakiGreyon April 03, 2014   Link

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