The song "Africa" by Toto is at least nominally about the narrator's relationship with a woman:

I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She's coming in 12:30 flight

However, much of the rest of the song is talking about Africa itself (e.g. the title, the references to wild dogs, etc.). Even its music video is full of references to Africa (clothing style, globe centered on Africa, etc.), and doesn't feature a woman anywhere in it.

The song includes the following chorus, sung multiple times:

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

Who, exactly, is "you" here? Is the narrator referring to the woman introduced in the beginning of the song, or to Africa itself?

  • 2
    Or possibly, both?
    – Peter Shor
    Aug 9 '19 at 22:53

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