4 March 2004 2004 nian 3 yue 4 hao

Editorial: Toto's Africa

Songs often mean different things to different people, and sometimes a person's interpretation of a song says more about the listener themself than the song lyrics. I was in highschool when I first heard Toto's song Africa, and at that time I thought it was about poverty and famine! To tell the truth, I don't think I took into account any of the actual lyrics in coming to that conclusion.

I recently rediscovered the song, and this time I imagine that the singer has come to Africa with the intention of staying just a few months. His girlfriend didn't accompany him, but they made plans for her to come after he finished his work in Africa, seizing the opportunity to travel around the "Dark Continent" together for a few weeks before returning to their home country. But, as Burns wrote, the best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley.

Have a listen to the song while I explain the lyrics verse by verse...