"gonna take a lot to drag me away from you / There's noting a hundred men or more could ever do..."
So why is this singer not with his love right now? Here is my theory.
In Toto's 'Africa', why is the speaker in Africa in the first place?
Answer: He's "looking for some long forgotten words or ancient melodies"
He is a student of the occult.
Why has the singer of the song gone to Africa, leaving his love behind in order to hunt some old folklore? He tells you, "I seek to cure what lies deep inside / frightened of this thing that I've become."
In other words, he's a goddamned werewolf.
"Wild dogs cry out in the night"
Hate to break it to you, but those aren't dogs. . . .
Why does he bless the rains down in Africa? Because it blocks the light of the full moon.
In summation, the song is about a werewolf in love seeking a cure for his condition in the depths of Africa.
Keep this in mind for next Christmas: Santa is a Great Old One. Consider:
Capable of instantaneous travel across the globe; he spans nations,
Many unpaid minions that live only to do his bidding, including eight hooved flying monstrosities. Nine if you count He Who Glows,
He himself is all seeing, all knowing,
Used to scare children into good behavior,
Offers extremely conditional gifts,
His belly is swelled greatly by offerings, described as "gelatinous" (shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly),
Despite this, he is "Lively and Quick",
Are we certain he has no tentacles? Look under the beard!
And his yearly festivals drive his worshipers insane.