What does the sword in toto mean?
The band toto has some sword as a symbol. What does this symbol mean?
- PeepawLv 79 years agoBest Answer
The iconic Toto sword appears on the sleeves of “Toto,” “Hydra,” “Toto IV,” => “The Seventh One”, “Past to Present,” and => “Toto XX”.
Jeff Porcaro explained the story behind the sword and the rings in 1990:
It came about when we finished recording our first album. We hired an artist from San Francisco named Philip Garris, who had done the Grateful Dead album covers from the Haight-Ashbury days, many rock'n roll album covers. He came, listened to the record, went back to San Francisco, painted and brought back the famous emblem of the sword, the ring around the sword and the ribbons.
He explained that the sword... that he felt... his exact words were that the music had... TOTO's music had a hard edge, the first album, and it was powerful, but we did many different kinds of music, so he said it was double-edge sword. And a song called “Manuela Run” says “Don't look now, you better watch that sword that's hanging over you,” the sword of Damocles. So first he said “OK, sword.”
The stone ring represents a piece of work, an album, CD nowadays. And the ribbons... it was the year of the child in 1979 when the record came out, and the ribbons represented the royal year of the child for the children. So that's what the original emblem came from.