Africa

I like birds. I also like 80’s music. So I thought it would be fun to combine the two and write another song parody. My work as a naturalist at the World Bird Sanctuary involves interacting with a wide variety of birds. One of my favorite birds to care for is Wookie, our African Grey Crowned Crane. Crowned Cranes are large birds with long legs and have a set of golden feathers on their head that resembles a koosh ball. These cranes often put on mesmerizing displays during the breeding season. A crane might honk, dance, leap, and spread its wings during courtship rituals. Wookie is a special bird because she has performed in zoo shows before; flying across a stage to land on a stump. She got her name because her grunting sounds similar to the wookies from Star Wars. One of my favorite 80’s songs is “Africa”, by Toto. I now present to you my version of “Africa”, featuring crowned cranes.

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Wookie

AFRICA

I hear the calls echo in the night

As she trumpets with a voice that drowns out quiet conversation

She swoops down in a graceful flight

Her moonlit wings reflect the light that guides me towards salvation

I stopped to watch her start to sway

Hoping to see her long neck as she danced to playful melodies

She turned to me as if to say, “Hurry boy they’re waiting there for you”

 

It’s gonna take a lot to take me away from you

There’s nothing that hundred geese or more could ever do

I kiss the cranes crowned in Africa

Gonna take some time to stroke the feathers on your head

 

The Wookie cries out in the night

As she grows restless longing for some active human company

I know that she won’t really bite

As sure as giant meatballs rise like Olympus above some fresh spaghetti

I seek to watch her gracefully glide, heightened by her wings she starts to rise

 

It’s gonna take a lot to take me away from you

There’s nothing that hundred geese or more could ever do

I kiss the cranes crowned in Africa

Gonna take some time to stroke the feathers on your head

 

*Musical Interlude*

 

Hurry boy they’re waiting there for you”

It’s gonna take a lot to take me away from you

There’s nothing that hundred geese or more could ever do

I kiss the cranes crowned in Africa

I kiss the cranes crowned in Africa

I kiss the cranes crowned in Africa

I kiss the cranes crowned in Africa

I kiss the cranes crowned in Africa

Gonna take some time to stroke the feathers on your head

 

 

 

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