Artist Toto
Album Toto IV
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B | Ebm | - x4 -

Db                   Fm     Bbm
I hear the drums echoin tonight
Db               B             Ebm         Bbm   B  Ebm
She has only whispers of some quiet conversa - tion
Db                Fm           Bbm          Db
She's coming in twelve thirthy flight   the moolight winds


     B                      Ebm7              Bbm   B  Ebm
     Reflect the stars that guide me toward salva-tion


Db              Fm             Bbm
I stopped an old man along the way
Db                   B             Ebm              Bbm   B Ebm
Hoping to find some old forgotten words of ancient melo-dies
Db              F7       Bbm                 B                Ebm
He turned to me as if to say  hurry boy it's waiting there for you


     Abm           E               B       Gb
     Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
     Abm                     E             B             Gb
     There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do 
     Abm          E              B   Gb
     I bless the rains down in   Africa
     Abm             E               B        Ebm Gb Abm  B Ebm
     Gonna take some time to do the things we never  had


Db                 Fm         Bbm
The wild dogs cry out in the night
Db            B                    Ebm            Bbm   B  Ebm
As they grow restless longing for some solitary compa-ny
Db          Fm               Bbm
I know that I must do what's right
Db                     B          Ebm                  Bbm   B  Ebm
Sure as kilimangiaro rises like olimpus above the seranget-ti


     Db         F7               Bbm
     I seek to cure what's deep inside


Bbm                 B               Ebm
Frightened of this thing that I've become


     Abm         E             B       Gb
     Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
     Abm                   E             B             Gb
     There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
     Abm        E             B   Gb
     I bless the rains down in   Africa
     Abm           E              B        Ebm Gb Abm  B Ebm
     Gonna take some time to do the things we never  had


Db   Fm   Bbm   Db   B   Ebm   Bbm    B  Ebm


Db   F7     Bbm             B              Ebm
               hurry boy it's waiting there for you
     Abm         E             B       Gb
     Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
     Abm                   E             B             Gb
     There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
     Abm        E             B   Gb
     I bless the rains down in   Africa -x4-
     Abm           E              B        Ebm Gb Abm  B Ebm
     Gonna take some time to do the things we never  had    
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28 Comments

  1. Traditional strum pattern to this song would be?

  2. Does anyone know a replacement for the E on the end of the word Africa? It just doesn’t sound right to me

  3. This is NOT the original key. (At least according to the official music video)

    You see, I like to play along with TOTO?

  4. Vanja Ender

    Is there a note you can substitute for E? (Iḿ a beginner and my fingers don’t move like that.)

    • That’s a whole mood right there, at first I didn’t think my hands could physically make those notes, but you just have to work on it, you’ll get there. To contradict my previous statement, the E is absolutely the worst. You can make the same E note by barring the 4th fret with your index finger and putting your pinky on the 4th string on the 7th fret. Hope this helps! Good luck :)

  5. Africa by toto

    +3 is easy if you can’t be bothered with a capo

  6. Tomas D’Incau

    Ugh nvm that was dumb

  7. Tomas D'Incau

    All I see are the chords.

  8. Tomas D'Incau

    Where are the tabs???

  9. This is an amazing tab! Play it at -4 with a capo on the 4h fret. If you are a beginner, (I sure am), you can leave out all the “B” chords

  10. kellbell218

    -4 is the easiet and if you put a capo on the 4th fret it puts it back in the original key. You’re welcome lol

  11. play Dbm as a barred chord on the fourth fret and then put another finger on the G string on the 6th fret. It sounds more like the song and is ten times easier to play.

  12. levine2112

    Need to throw in one down-strum of Abm just before the Dbm in the main riff.

    A | Abm | Dbm

  13. use this Dbm fingering instead its much easier

    A|–4——-|
    E|———-|
    C|–1——-|
    G|–1——-|

  14. -4

  15. I did what you told me

    Am I the only one that just wanted to learn the chorus…?

  16. maddyjojo

    Any strumming pattern suggestions?

  17. -4

  18. strykernz

    woops to hard cant play oh well wish I could

  19. Great, really accurate, I found going 2 half steps down makes it easier :)

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