I bless the rains down in Africa

As I hear the words to the chorus of the Africa song by Toto, my heart soars and my spirits are raised. This has to be my inspiration song for my Kilimanjaro Climb.

My eyes well up, a tingle falls down my spine and I’m transported to the incredible continent of Africa. Desserts, waterfalls, poverty, change, challenge and beautiful people. These are some of my memories of Africa and this song has such a feeling of memento and sentiment with it, although I never heard it whilst there.

 

There is a lyric in the song, “As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serangetti”. I get a pulse of excitement and emotion when I hear this line and even sitting here now typing this post I have tears in my eyes. I can also picture myself standing on the crater, watching the clouds tumble past as the world is laid before me- I cannot wait for the summit moment and I know these lyrics will rush to my mind and tears of joy will fall from my eyes.

 

The Full Lyrics are:

 

Africa by Toto

 

I hear the drums echoing tonight

But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation

She’s coming in 12:30 flight

The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation

I stopped an old man along the way,

Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancinet melodies

He turned to me as if to say, Hurry boy, it’s waiting there for you

 

 

CHORUS:

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

Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

 

 

The wild dogs cry out in the night

As they grow restless longing for some solitary company

I know that I must do what’s right

As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serangetti

I seek to cure what’s deep inside, frightened of this thing that I’ve become

 

 

CHORUS

 

(Instrumental break)

 

Hurry boy, she’s waiting there for you

 

 

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, I passed some rains down in Africa

I bless the rains down in Africa, I passed some rains down in Africa

I bless the rains down in Africa

Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

 

Such an amazing beat, feeling and melody to this song. Listen to this and tell me you don’t feel like you can climb a mountain! If anyone has been to Africa, they will feel so close to this song and images of that beautiful yet heart wrenching place will come flooding back.

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 12 Days to go

About Lovelly

I'm a true traveller. Even when I'm home, I'm travelling at heart. I'm constantly looking at blog sites on travel and checking out the travel deals and you can be assured that I've got the travel and lifestyle channel on in the background. I'm fun, friendly and adventurous. I'm extremely passionate and driven and once I decide I'm doing something, there is no stopping me! I want to incorporate my passion for travel, exploring and excitement into my everyday life. So blogging it is! View all posts by Lovelly

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