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Jul 10th, 2012 at 04:25 GMT
Fine choice--one of the most beautiful songs of its era!
Game published: Sep 4th, 2012 at 20:00 GMT
Sep 4th, 2012 at 20:14 GMT
Hmm. I always thought the "hundred men or more" line was "hundred men on Mars." I guess the actual lyric makes more sense.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 20:18 GMT
Awaiting the Geography nerds pointing out that Kilimanjaro is in fact over 100 miles away from the Serengeti and couldn't possible rise above it.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 20:47 GMT
I got about 30 seconds in before I had that dreaded realization: "Oh crap, I'm going to have to spell 'Serengeti'!"
Sep 4th, 2012 at 21:18 GMT
Beautiful song. And very much part of the soundtrack to the past year for me.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 21:21 GMT
Oh man, i feel bad. I laughed at my 9 year old daughter who sand the other day " i bless the rains down in Africa", i said "no honey, it's I guess the rains down in Africa." And chuckled Is my face red or what
Sep 4th, 2012 at 21:33 GMT
According to my parents, this is the first song I ever responded to as an infant. I apologize to anyone whom I have made to feel old with this statement.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 22:05 GMT
I always thought it was a leopress above the Serengeti... you know, like a female leopard. Actually, what the hell was I thinking?
Sep 4th, 2012 at 22:26 GMT
@LacsiraxAriscal: It wasn't just you. I tried no fewer than four spellings of "leopress". Thanks for having the courage to post it first.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 22:41 GMT
I always thought it was "I kissed the rains..." The real lyric makes more sense.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 22:44 GMT
I used to this it was "like a lepus", i.e. like a hare. That makes even less sense than leopress.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 22:45 GMT
Gee whiz! Nearly 30 years thinking it was "rises like Mt. Everest above the Serengeti..." DOH!
Sep 4th, 2012 at 23:00 GMT
I was dismayed to find that I only had one slot to fit what I always thought was "an empress."
Sep 4th, 2012 at 23:05 GMT
Willis, I always thought it was "I guess it rains" too. Kind of blows the mind when you realized the way that you've been singing it for 20-odd years is wrong!
Sep 4th, 2012 at 23:07 GMT
Yeah and I always thought she was coming in "twelve thirty-five" too...lol.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 23:12 GMT
There is nothing like this song. FANTASTIC. Even 30 years later! I think it sounds even better today.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 23:19 GMT
Love this song. I once spent 2 hours in a store searching every single 80s comp disc looking for this song. You know, back before it was easy to steal songs off the internet.
Sep 4th, 2012 at 23:31 GMT
I guess no one knows the actual lyrics. Interesting to see people's interprestations.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 00:11 GMT
This is much harder if you have a parody version running through your head :-) See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fe11OlMiz8 (parody starts at 1:57 mark).
Sep 5th, 2012 at 00:13 GMT
"echo in the night" apprently is "echoing tonight." Also, spelling Kilimanjaro.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 00:14 GMT
I obviously had no idea what they were singing.... (got Africa at least!)
Sep 5th, 2012 at 00:19 GMT
All this time I thought it was I 'miss' the rains. Whoops.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 00:35 GMT
I had always thought that it was the moonlit "winds" that reflect the stars. I guess I learn something new every day.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 00:42 GMT
I really don't like this song lol (y)
Sep 5th, 2012 at 00:53 GMT
We sang an a capella version of this song (a la Perpetuum Jazzile) my junior year in high school. Being an alto, I knew the chorus, and how to sing"doo doo doo doo do do doo baaaah" during the rest of the verses. Luckily, I did listen to the original after we sang it so I was abe to get most of them.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 01:00 GMT
Add me to the masses who never heard Olympus. I heard "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like an empress above the Serengeti." Actually, I kind of like mine anyway.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 01:46 GMT
I absolutely love this song so you can imagine how pumped I was to log on to Sporcle and see this on the front page!
Sep 5th, 2012 at 02:35 GMT
African Geography was never a strong point of 80's songwriters. At least this is better than "Do They Know It's Christmas":
And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime...
...where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow
Sep 5th, 2012 at 02:40 GMT
Like everyone else, I was stunned at how few of the words I actually knew to this very popular, very timeless song. (I always thought it was "rises like an empress" too.)
Just a bit of history for our younger Sporclers: Toto IV won Grammies for both Record and Album of the Year, but for reasons I still don't quite understand, the Record of the Year song was "Rosanna", not "Africa". Now, not that Rosanna is a bad song, but geez....
Sep 5th, 2012 at 04:31 GMT
"I bless the rains"? I've been singing "I guess the rains" for all this time. My whole life has been a sham.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 06:40 GMT
Seriously the best cover of this song, maybe even as good as the original. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLrC7e3vSv8
Sep 5th, 2012 at 08:26 GMT
I thought it was "miss the rains" too. And I never noticed this before, but how can the dogs long for "solitary company"?
Sep 5th, 2012 at 09:54 GMT
I'm sure it goes "Gonna take a lot to TAKE me away from you" doesn't it? To me it sounds nothing like drag!
Sep 5th, 2012 at 10:24 GMT
If Toto's going to get any Grammy, it should be for Hold the Line!
Sep 5th, 2012 at 11:44 GMT
I always thought it was "I catch some rays down in Africa"
Sep 5th, 2012 at 13:42 GMT
Just like everybody else here I've been singing yet another song my whole life with knowing just about half of the lyrics (correctly). But never mind, this is a great quiz. Every quiz where "Serengeti" is higher up in the stats than "this" is a great quiz.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 17:20 GMT
Huh, never knew it was 'Olympus'. And I also always thought 'drag' was take as well.
Sep 5th, 2012 at 19:28 GMT
I'm pretty sure it's "her moonlit wings"
Sep 5th, 2012 at 19:29 GMT
Also, isn't it "long forgotten words"?
Sep 5th, 2012 at 21:24 GMT
I could have sworn it was "take me away from you" not "drag me away from you."
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