Riptide chords



You can learn how to play Riptide by Vance Joy!

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 the chords as if in Em.

Should there be two of you playing the song at the same time, perhaps you should do both. Do this and you will avoid clashing.

In the beginner acoustic guitar course, I do this 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. In fact, 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).

For a specific example using capo I and VI, try Cannonball by Damien Rice. Below, you find the chords for Riptide, first in Am, then in Em, try both!


Riptide chords and lyrics – Capo 1


||: Am G | C :||

||: 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.

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

||: 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.

||: 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.

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

||: 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.

| Cadd9 | Cadd9 |

| Am | G | C | Fsus2 |
I just wanna, I just wanna know, If you’re gonna, if you’re gonna stay
| Am | G | C | F |
I just gotta, I just gotta know, I can’t have it, I can’t have it any other way

||: 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.

||: 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.

||: 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.

||: 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 and lyrics – Capo 6


||: Em D | G :||

||: Em D | 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.

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

||: Em D | 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.

||: Em D | 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.

| Em D | G |

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

||: Em D | 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.

| Gadd9 | Gadd9 |

| Em | D | G | Csus2 |
I just wanna, I just wanna know, If you’re gonna, if you’re gonna stay
| Em | D | G | C |
I just gotta, I just gotta know, I can’t have it, I can’t have it any other way

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

||: Em D | 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.

||: Em D | 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.

||: Em D | 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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