Toto – Africa – Like a leprous (I get it now)

I never really heard those words in the lyrics of Toto-Africa before, from 1’54” to 2’04”, just 10 seconds…

  • “I know I must do what’s right, sure as Kilimanjaro rises like a leprous above the Serengeti.”

If you didn’t know, leprosy turns any skin tone albino, white as snow, or foaming-at-the-mouth-vomit…

This song came out in 1982, with the video in 1983. I was already lost in studies in Rome, Italy, for years, and knew nothing of any songs outside of “Resta con noi…” or “Tu scendi dalle stelle…” Yesterday, YouTube suggested that I needed to hear Toto’s Africa. I had heard it previously, in more recent decades, but long enough ago that I was coming back to it fresh. That helps one to notice that which one might not have been ready to hear. This happens all the time, of course, in reading Sacred Scripture, the writings of the saints…

We live in dark times when those who have the pretense to enforce power perverted to evil attack those who simply want to “do what’s right” like Toto’s Africa says. “Doing what’s right” singles that person out, makes that person a target.

Kilimanjaro raises itself in peaceful pristine goodness above the always dramatic Serengeti, making itself a target, first of all for mockery. Because of the snow in the upward reaches, it’s called “leprous”, to be avoided, unclean, a blight on the rest of, you know, surely virtuous and ever so self-righteous humanity which remains down below in all politically correct sycophantry, that which sees any “doing what’s right” as evil self-righteousness that cannot be tolerated.

Such a person who “must do what’s right” has, however, first of all been convicted of any lack of righteousness in his life and is pushed by that which is good and holy to “do what’s right.”

And then there’s the pile-on by all those who are nervous with all that which is good and holy. They see another weak person like themselves but now “doing what’s right” as an incrimination of their evil. They must go on the attack.

The favorite thing in all the world is to climb Kilimanjaro, rising above the Serengeti, only to vomit all over Kilimanjaro for lack of oxygen at its 19,341 feet up into the atmosphere. You think that’s snow flowing down from the top? Bwahahaha. Think again.

This is what any knucklehead priest who is convicted of his own lack of righteousness and now “must do what’s right” has to look forward to enduring. But, no matter, he goes ahead and “does what’s right” anyway, come what may. But that’s Jesus upon whom people vomit. Otherwise they wouldn’t bother.

Meanwhile, being Kilimanjaro, one has a view no one can take away of the vast sea of humanity being drawn toward it as by a magnet, a tractor-beam. It is a view one has when, after being dragged across hell, across Calvary, one finds oneself to be crucified up high with Christ Jesus, in solidarity with Him as He is in solidarity with us. Jesus said: “When I am lifted up [on the Cross] I will draw all to myself.” He is vomited upon, spit on. But it is a view up high that one cannot abandon, seeing all of humanity dragged across hell, despite itself, to be in reverence, in humble thanksgiving, finally, before the very Son of the Living God.

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6 responses to “Toto – Africa – Like a leprous (I get it now)

  1. pelerin

    Thank you so much for reminding me of the title of that beautiful Italian Hymn – Tu scendi dalle stelle. I was trying to remember it recently but was unable to recall the words. I have found a video of it being sung by Andrea Bocelli which I have now bookmarked. It has such a ‘feel good’ factor for me.

  2. nancyv

    Well I just melted. Beautiful.

  3. pelerin

    One thing leads to another and I have been watching an interview with the singer Andrea Bocelli in which he mentions how important his Faith is.’It is the reason for life’ he says. He also says that he does not believe in the clock without the clockmaker which is a good point to remember when speaking with someone who does not believe in God.

    • nancyv

      Ha, Pelerin, you ain’t kidding, one thing leads to another.
      I had to look up lyrics to “Africa” and saw “sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti” while I always thought it was “sure as Kilimanjaro rises above the leopards of the Serengeti”. Also, the songwriter says in one interview “God directed this song” because it came from nowhere, which was interesting… But as Father says, God or nothing. He is absolutely right and I love how he imitates our Lady when he is always pointing to Jesus. Really interesting ways Father George Byers brings us around to that! (Also, Bocelli makes me melt too!)

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