Covering Africa

by Insane Ian

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Inspired by Patton Oswalt and the fact that there are TOO MANY COVERS of Toto's hit song, here's this...thing.

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“Covering Africa”
A parody of “Africa” by Toto (David Paich, Jeff Porcaro)
New lyrics by Ian Bonds

(Inspired by Patton Oswalt and the fact that there are TOO MANY COVERS of Toto's hit song, here's...this thing.)

I hear the synth starting up again
Imitating horns against an old familiar melody
I start to sing along and then
realize another band is now performing karaoke

Checked the Shazam app on my phone
Hoping to find out who is covering this song so lazily
It looks to me and then explodes
"Sorry, boy, there’s too many to choose"

It's gonna take a lot to listen to another one
It's something that a hundred bands or more have also done
I hear the strains of Toto’s Africa
Should’ve taken time to cover songs we never hear

I walk into a grocery store
And suddenly I'm living one of Patton Oswalt's stand up bits
It's 11:30 in the morn
Sure as the muzak system overhead plays some cheesy 80s hits

I’m contemplating suicide
Frightened of this song I can’t escape

It's gonna take a lot to choose a Lean Cuisine
Then suddenly I feel like making this a crime scene
I’ll blow my brains out to “Africa”
Should’ve taken time to cover songs we never hear

"Sorry, boy, there’s too many to choose"

It's gonna take a lot to listen to another one
It's something that a hundred bands or more have also done
I hear the strains of Toto’s Africa
I hear the strains of Weezer’s Africa (I hear the strains)
I hear the strains of a metal Africa (Aaaah hear the strains)
I hear the strains of Pitbull’s Africa
I much prefer NSP’s Africa (Aaaa gonna take some time)
Should’ve taken time to cover songs we never hear

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released October 11, 2019
Lyrics and vocals: Insane Ian
Music, mixing, and mastering: Jace Mclain

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