Thursday, May 12, 2011

What do they know anyway? They named their band Toto.

Yesterday while I was driving, one of my very favorite songs came on the radio: Toto's Africa. I have always loved that song. I started to sing along, and then I remembered what I always remember when I start to sing along to that song--I don't really know very many of the words. I kind of go, "Hmmm-ah-na-ooohhh-things we never haa-aaa-aad."

Of course, now you can look up lyrics to any song on the internet, but I've never thought to do it until now for Africa. There's one specific line that I really wanted to know. It's right after they sing "It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you. There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do."

What do YOU think they say next?

Now, don't cheat. I'll give you the answer in just a minute. But really--what does it sound like they say next? Because I'll tell you, even after I looked it up I'm still not sure.

Here are the various possiblities I had come up with before looking it up:

- I'll catch some rays down in Africa
- I've got to raise down in Africa
- I caught some rings down in Africa

None of them really made sense, but look, we're talking about an entire song that doesn't make much sense. So I looked it up with great anticipation. You know what the real line is?

I bless the rains down in Africa.


What does that have to do with anything? And how do you bless rains? I think my ideas were better.

Also, in related news. Until Matt corrected me, I always thought the line in Abba's Dancing Queen was "feel the beat from the jamboree." Turns out tambourine and jamboree sound a lot alike.


Matt said...

I always thought it was "I miss the rains down in Africa."

LindaM said...

You'd think with 3 children you would not have this much time on your hands!

Katrenia said...

Have you heard the Straight No Chaser version? LOVE IT!!!