AFRICA, A PARODY

Occasionally I hear a song, but can’t understand the lyrics. So I sing it the way I think it should go. Africa, by Toto, is such a song. And, I want to tell you it is probably the worst song ever to parody. The lines are of uneven length, and often run on way past normal length of a musical line. I started with the chorus, and once I more or less had that, I looked up the real words–well, truthfully Filosofa wrote them down for me when she chose it as her song of the day.

My biggest question was, what would make Donald J. Trump choose to ride a train through Africa? For me there was only one reason, his incredibly huge ego. I remembered how he whined about wanting to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He actually believed he deserved it. So there was the reason, but that wasn’t the whole thing yet. Please read on. It might be best to listen to Toto first, just to have the rhythm in your mind as you do.

[Verse 1]

Trump wanted to win an award so bad

He’d even take one that he knows he never earned he’s such an ass

And he’ll travel anywhere to get it

He took a call 12:30 at night

They said he’d won a big award from a country he never heard of

They even said they’d pay his way there

He never stopped to read the fine print

He’d have to travel with peasants and their animals

The trip would take a couple of days

But the prize was waiting there for him

It didn’t take much to attract him there

And he had no idea that the call was a fake

He never even stopped to pack a bag

He ran all the way to the station

[Chorus]

Trump took the train down through Africa

The shithole countries wouldn’t let him fly in

They wanted to show him they were just as human

As the people in America who exploited them

[Verse 2]

The great man cried out in the night

As he grew restless waiting to be given his brass trophy

He knew the prize was his birthright

As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti

He sought to cure his ego’s need

Frightened now that this was just a hoax

[Chorus]

Trump took the train down through Africa

The shithole countries wouldn’t let him fly in

They wanted to show him they were just as human

As the people in America who exploited them

[Bridge]

Hurry up man you know it’s waiting there for you

Now you’re taking the train down through Africa

Riding with the peasants and their pigs

You even had to shit with your ass hanging out the door

And no T.P. to even clean your fat ass

[Chorus]

Trump took the train down through Africa

The shithole countries would not let him fly in

They wanted to show him they were just as human

As the people of America who exploited them.

Trump took the train down through Africa…

[Etc. Repeat to fade. ]

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