Riptide chords by Vance Joy


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Riptide | Chords + Lyrics (capo 1)


Intro

||: Am G | C :||

Verse 1

||: Am G | C :||
I was scared of dentists and the dark.
I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations.
Oh, all my friends are turning green.
You’re the magician’s assistant in their dream.

Bridge 1

| Am G | C |
Ah-ooh-ooh-ooh. 
| Am G | C (hold) |
Ah-oh-oh, and they come unstuck.

Chorus 1

||: Am G | C :||
Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away to the dark side,
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you’re singing that song and I got a lump in my throat,
’cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong.

Verse 2

||: Am G | C :||
There’s this movie that I think you’ll like.
This guy decides to quit his job and heads to New York City.
This cowboy’s running from himself.
And she’s been living on the highest shelf.

Bridge 2

| Am G | C |
Ah-ooh-ooh-ooh.
| Am G | C (hold) |
Ah-oh-oh, and they come unstuck.

Chorus 2

||: Am G | C :||
Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away to the dark side,
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you’re singing that song and I got a lump in my throat,
’cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong.

Instrumental

| Cadd9 | Cadd9 |

Middle 8

| Am | G | C | F/C |
I just wanna, I just wanna know, If you’re gonna, if you’re gonna stay.
| Am | G | C | F/C |
I just gotta, I just gotta know, I can’t have it, I can’t have it any other way.

Breakdown

||: Am (hold) G (hold) | C (hold) :||
I swear she’s destined for the screen.
Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you’ve ever seen, oh.

Chorus 3

||: Am G | C :||
Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away to the dark side,
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you’re singing that song and I got a lump in my throat,
’cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong.

Chorus 4

||: Am G | C :||
Oh, Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away to the dark side,
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you’re singing that song and I got a lump in my throat,
’cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong.

Chorus 5

||: Am G | C :||
Oh, Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away to the dark side,
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you’re singing that song and I got a lump in my throat,
’cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong, yeah.
I got a lump in my throat, ‘cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong.



Riptide | Chords + Lyrics (capo 6)


Intro

||: Em D5/A | G :||

Verse 1

||: Em D5/A | G :||
I was scared of dentists and the dark.
I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations.
Oh, all my friends are turning green.
You’re the magician’s assistant in their dream.

Bridge 1

| Em D5/A | G |
Ah-ooh-ooh-ooh. 
| Em D5/A | G (hold) |
Ah-oh-oh, and they come unstuck.

Chorus 1

||: Em D5/A | G :||
Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away to the dark side,
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you’re singing that song and I got a lump in my throat,
’cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong.

Verse 2

||: Em D5/A | G :||
There’s this movie that I think you’ll like.
This guy decides to quit his job and heads to New York City.
This cowboy’s running from himself.
And she’s been living on the highest shelf.

Bridge 2

| Em D5/A | G |
Ah-ooh-ooh-ooh.
| Em D5/A | G (hold) |
Ah-oh-oh, and they come unstuck.

Chorus 2

||: Em D5/A | G :||
Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away to the dark side,
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you’re singing that song and I got a lump in my throat,
’cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong.

Instrumental

| Gadd9 | Gadd9 |

Middle 8

| Em | D5/A | G | C/G |
I just wanna, I just wanna know, If you’re gonna, if you’re gonna stay.
| Em | D5/A | G | C/G |
I just gotta, I just gotta know, I can’t have it, I can’t have it any other way.

Breakdown

||: Em (hold) D5/A (hold) | G (hold) :||
I swear she’s destined for the screen.
Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you’ve ever seen, oh.

Chorus 3

||: Em D5/A | G :||
Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away to the dark side,
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you’re singing that song and I got a lump in my throat,
’cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong.

Chorus 4

||: Em D5/A | G :||
Oh, Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away to the dark side,
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you’re singing that song and I got a lump in my throat,
’cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong.

Chorus 5

||: Em D5/A | G :||
Oh, Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away to the dark side,
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you’re singing that song and I got a lump in my throat,
’cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong, yeah.
I got a lump in my throat, ‘cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong.



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Riptide Analysis + TAB T

Riptide is played with a capo. You can apply it on fret 1 and think of Riptide’s chords as if in Am.

Or, you can place the capo on fret 6 and think of this Vance Joy tune as if in Em.

Should there be two of you playing the song at the same time, perhaps you should pick one each as you will avoid clashing.

You can see above how the chords are slightly different as well, D5/A when capo 6, just a G when capo 1. This is something Tom Petty and Mike Campbell are masters at, do check out all their tunes.

In the beginner acoustic guitar course, we do this capo trick all the time so we can play the songs together. It’s a great way to learn more about playing guitar, without learning another song. It’s much better to dig deeper like this (explore the song in more depth), than it is to go further (just learn another song).

Another example of a tune that uses a capo on fret 1 and 6, is Cannonball by Damien Rice.

The best thing about this whole capo thing is that you can easily change the key. Should the singer want to go higher you simply go up from fret 1, thinking in Am. And likewise, should they want to go lower, you think in Em and lower the capo from fret 6.

In Am or Em, seen as Roman numerals, the chords are VI – V – I.

Riptide – Key of Am/C – Capo 1

||: Am (VI) G (V) | C (I) :||

Riptide – Key of Em/G – Capo 6

||: Em (VI) D5/A (V) | G (I) :||

The really clever part here is that it could have been II – I – IV, like this!

Riptide – Key of G – Capo 1

||: Am (II) G (I) | C (IV) :||

Riptide – Key of D – Capo 6

||: Em (II) D5/A (I) | G (V) :||

This uncertainty of what the key is gives the progression tension. As you learn more about music theory you’ll discover that this is called modes and Riptide could be in either Aeolian (VI) or Dorian (II).

It is not until the middle 8 when we get one more chord that we have the answer to this question, or do we?

Members find out more about which mode it is, as well as the TAB for how to best play Riptide’s chords in both Am and Em, or was it, C, G, or D?!?

Here’s a preview of this TAB, playing the chorus with a capo on fret 1.

Riptide chords and TAB Chorus capo 1

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Riptide – Guitar lesson with TAB.

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Riptide stayed in the charts longer than Lady Gaga!

For a crazy 120 weeks, Riptide managed to stay in the Australian charts, setting a new record, ahead of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face (106 weeks).

Between 2013-2017, the tune charted in the top 10 in 15 countries, racking up combined sales and streaming figures well over 15 million.

Not bad for a tune that was partially uploaded to Facebook by a guy doing open mic nights!

Considering shelving his musical career, Vance Joy was encouraged by his friends and family after the Facebook post and went into the studio to finish the recording.

After some additional production by a local producer named John Castle, and released on both the EP (God Loves You When You’re Dancing, 2013) and album (Dream Your Life Away, 2014).

Once radio picked it up as a single, Vance Joy had a worldwide hit on his hands.



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