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Africa

Toto

from the album Toto IV released in 1982

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Lyrics

(capo 2nd fret)

Intro

G ..... Bm ......... x4, with guitar riff

Verse

A C#m F#m ...I hear the drums echoing tonight F#m/E G Bm F#m G Bm She hears only whispers of some quiet conversa-----tion A C#m F#m ...She's coming in, twelve thirty flight F#m/E G Bm F#m G Bm The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salva----tion A C#m F#m ...I stopped an old man along the way F#m/E G Bm F#m G Bm Hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient mel-----odies A C#m F#m ...He turned to me as if to say F#m/E G Bm "Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you..."

Chorus

Em C G D ...It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you Em C G D ...There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do Em C G D ...I bless the rains down in Africa Em C G ...Gonna take some time to do the things we never Bm D Em D G Bm Had--------------- oo, ooo... (begin intro riff on final G & Bm, repeat intro as desired) A C#m F#m ...The wild dogs cry out in the night F#m/E G Bm F#m G Bm As they grow restless longing for some solitary co----mpany A C#m F#m ...I know that I must do what's right F#m/E G Bm F#m G Bm As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Ser----engeti A C#m F#m ...I seek to cure what's deep inside... F#m/E G Bm ...Frightened of this thing that I've become Em C G D ...It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you Em C G D ...There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do Em C G D ...I bless the rains down in Africa Em C G ...Gonna take some time to do the things we never Bm D Em D G Bm Had--------------- oo, ooo... (begin intro riff on final G & Bm, repeat intro as desired) (instrumental verse / solo) A C#m F#m F#m/E G Bm .............Hurry boy, she's waiting there for you Em C G D ...It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you Em C G D ...There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do Em C G D ...I bless the rains down in Africa Em C G D ...I bless the rains down in Africa Em C G D ...I bless the rains down in Africa Em C G D ...I bless the rains down in Africa Em C G ...Gonna take some time to do the things we never Bm D Em D G Bm Had--------------- oo, ooo... (begin intro riff on final G & Bm, repeat intro to end)

Notes & Tabs

Capo 2nd Fret, Standard Tuning

This transcription assumes you're using a capo on the 2nd fret and in standard tuning. This allows you to play along with the Toto version heard on the record. As always -- you don't need a capo at all -- it merely lets you use these comfortable chords and be in the same key as the original artist. Feel free to use no capo, or apply the capo to whichever fret you like (to suit your voice) otherwise.

Guitar Chords Used

Here is how you play the guitar chords used in this song.

e-|---0-----4-----2------2-----3-----2-----0----0----2----
B-|---2-----5-----2------2-----0-----3-----0----1----3----
G-|---2-----6-----2------2-----0-----4-----0----0----2----
D-|---2-----6-----4------4-----0-----4-----2----2----0----
A-|---0-----4-----4------4-----2-----2-----2----3---------
E-|---------------2------0-----3-----------0--------------
      A    C#m   F#m   F#m/E   G     Bm    Em   C    D 

Intro Tab for Guitar

Here's a few ways you can play the distinctive intro to this song on the guitar. This first way transitions from a standard open G-chord position into the B minor. As you practice this, try to minimize the movement of your index finger on the fretboard -- the transition from the F# bass note to the Bm-chord should ideally be as smooth as possible. As always, listen along for the exact rhythm.

e-|-------------------------------2----2----2----2---|-
B-|-------------------------------3----3----3----3---|-
G-|-------------------------------4----4----4----4---|-
D-|---0----------------------x----4----4----4----4---|-  ...repeat
A-|---2----------------------x----2----2----2----2---|-
E-|---3-----3--3-----3--3----2-----------------------|-
      G                           Bm 

Alternatively, you can position your left hand in a power chord shape for the G and F# chords, which makes the initial transition a bit easier. You do lose a bit of the G-major tonality though, since you're not playing the 3rd tone of the G major chord. Still, this is a perfect valid way to play this section.

e-|----------------------------------2----2----2----2---|-
B-|----------------------------------3----3----3----3---|-
G-|---4------------------------------4----4----4----4---|-
D-|---5-----5--5-----5--5----4-------4----4----4----4---|-  ...repeat
A-|---5-----5--5-----5--5----4-------2----2----2----2---|-
E-|---3-----3--3-----3--3----2--------------------------|-
      G                      F#5     Bm 

Videos

Official Music Video

If you want to hear the official Toto version of the song, check out this official music video.



Recommended Cover Version

Here is an epic cover of this song by the amazing Mike Masse and Jeff Hall. I have probably watched this 157 times in the past few months.



Recommended Guitar Lesson

Here is a nice and simple lesson for playing this song on an acoustic guitar.



Chord Progressions

Intro

| G . . . . F#5 | Bm . . . | Bm . . . . . |
                                 ...repeat, with guitar riff

Verse

"I hear the drums echoing tonight..."
| A . . . | C#m . . . | F#m . . . | F#m/E . . . |
| G . . . | Bm  . . . | F#m . . . | G     . . . | G . Bm . |
                                         ...repeat as needed

Chorus

"It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you..."
| Em . . . | C . . . | G  . . . | D . . . |
| Em . . . | C . . . | G  . . . | D . . . |
| Em . . . | C . . . | G  . . . | D . . . |
| Em . . . | C . . . | Bm . . . | D . . . |
| Em . . D |
               ...begin intro riff immediately after final D

Song Info

Song: Africa
Artist: Toto
Album: Toto IV
Year: 1982
Label: Columbia

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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