Artist Toto
Album Toto IV
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Ab | Cm | - x4 -

Bb                   Dm     Gm
I hear the drums echoin tonight
Bb               Ab             Cm         Gm   Ab  Cm
She has only whispers of some quiet conversa - tion
Bb                Dm           Gm          Bb
She's coming in twelve thirthy flight   the moolight winds


     Ab                      Cm7              Gm   Ab  Cm
     Reflect the stars that guide me toward salva-tion


Bb              Dm             Gm
I stopped an old man along the way
Bb                   Ab             Cm              Gm   Ab Cm
Hoping to find some old forgotten words of ancient melo-dies
Bb              D7       Gm                 Ab                Cm
He turned to me as if to say  hurry boy it's waiting there for you


     Fm           Db               Ab       Eb
     Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
     Fm                     Db             Ab             Eb
     There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do 
     Fm          Db              Ab   Eb
     I bless the rains down in   Africa
     Fm             Db               Ab        Cm Eb Fm  Ab Cm
     Gonna take some time to do the things we never  had


Bb                 Dm         Gm
The wild dogs cry out in the night
Bb            Ab                    Cm            Gm   Ab  Cm
As they grow restless longing for some solitary compa-ny
Bb          Dm               Gm
I know that I must do what's right
Bb                     Ab          Cm                  Gm   Ab  Cm
Sure as kilimangiaro rises like olimpus above the seranget-ti


     Bb         D7               Gm
     I seek to cure what's deep inside


Gm                 Ab               Cm
Frightened of this thing that I've become


     Fm         Db             Ab       Eb
     Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
     Fm                   Db             Ab             Eb
     There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
     Fm        Db             Ab   Eb
     I bless the rains down in   Africa
     Fm           Db              Ab        Cm Eb Fm  Ab Cm
     Gonna take some time to do the things we never  had


Bb   Dm   Gm   Bb   Ab   Cm   Gm    Ab  Cm


Bb   D7     Gm             Ab              Cm
               hurry boy it's waiting there for you
     Fm         Db             Ab       Eb
     Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
     Fm                   Db             Ab             Eb
     There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
     Fm        Db             Ab   Eb
     I bless the rains down in   Africa -x4-
     Fm           Db              Ab        Cm Eb Fm  Ab Cm
     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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