Artist Toto
Album Toto IV
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Ab                   Cm     Fm
I hear the drums echoin tonight
Ab               Gb             Bbm         Fm   Gb  Bbm
She has only whispers of some quiet conversa - tion
Ab                Cm           Fm          Ab
She's coming in twelve thirthy flight   the moolight winds


     Gb                      Bbm7              Fm   Gb  Bbm
     Reflect the stars that guide me toward salva-tion


Ab              Cm             Fm
I stopped an old man along the way
Ab                   Gb             Bbm              Fm   Gb Bbm
Hoping to find some old forgotten words of ancient melo-dies
Ab              C7       Fm                 Gb                Bbm
He turned to me as if to say  hurry boy it's waiting there for you


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


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


     Ab         C7               Fm
     I seek to cure what's deep inside


Fm                 Gb               Bbm
Frightened of this thing that I've become


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


Ab   Cm   Fm   Ab   Gb   Bbm   Fm    Gb  Bbm


Ab   C7     Fm             Gb              Bbm
               hurry boy it's waiting there for you
     Ebm         B             Gb       Db
     Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
     Ebm                   B             Gb             Db
     There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
     Ebm        B             Gb   Db
     I bless the rains down in   Africa -x4-
     Ebm           B              Gb        Bbm Db Ebm  Gb Bbm
     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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