Riptide
Vance Joy Lyrics


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 dreams

Oh
Oh and they come unstuck

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

Is 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

Oh
Oh and they come unstuck

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

I just wanna, I just wanna know
If you're gonna, if you're gonna stay
I just gotta, I just gotta know
I can't have it, I can't have it any other way
I swear she's destined for the screen
Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you've ever seen, 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

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

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
I got a lump in my throat because you're gonna sing the words wrong

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: James Keogh

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Ansytea

ngl, thought story was about the singer either being an insecure person being cheated on.

((This explanation is probably going to be incoherent since English isn't my first language I'm sorry))

I interpreted the "all my friends are turning green, you're the magician's assistant in their dreams" line like the girl is like a trophy wife/partner or something.

Then the "there's this movie that I'll think you'll like..." verse as the part where he thinks the girl is too unattainable and by "running from himself" he's trying to figuratively run away from his flaws and he can't really stay sane when he's in love with her so he's failing on other aspects of his life like his career and stuff.

By "taken away to the dark side", I thought she's cheating on him. Then he just wants to at least be the "left hand man", which I thought meant he doesn't deserve to be her "right hand man" since he knows and she's lying about how she loves him ("I love you when you keep singing that song and I got a lump in my throat cause you're gonna say the words wrong")

(and also just found out that, based on Wikipedia, people have a bias against lefties that they are "to convey awkwardness, dishonesty, stupidity, or other undesirable qualities" to quote. What bullsh–)


Then the "I just wanna know if you're gonna stay" verse is just him wanting to know if she's not going to completely leaving him for someone else. And the "I swear she destined for the screen" is him acknowledging his own thoughts that she's better off with someone else.








But then the interpretation of this song being about kidnapping did a 180° on me and now I can't hear the "Take away to the dark side" line on another context.



Winter WolfieGaming

lyrics:

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
Ah-ooh-ooh-ooh, ah-ahh-ah-ah
And they come unstuck
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
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
Ah-ooh-ooh-ooh, ah-ahh-oh
And they come unstuck

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
I just wanna, I just wanna know
If you're gonna, if you're gonna stay
I just gotta, I just gotta know
I can't have it, I can't have it any other way
I swear she's destined for the screen
Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you've ever seen, 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
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
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



The Groovy Guitar Dude

For anyone who wants to play this on guitar, here's how :)

- Standard Tuning - Capo 1st Fret -

- Structure of the Song -
Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus

- Verse & Chorus Chords & Strum Pattern -
Am, G, C, C

For each chord, strum: ↓↓ ↑↓↑

Repeat for almost the entire song!

- Bridge Chords & Strum Pattern -
Am, G, C, F

For each chord, strum: ↓↓ ↑↓↑ (x2)

Hope this helps you out! If you get stuck or need a little extra help, I just posted a video lesson for this on my channel :)



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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 dreams

Oh
Oh and they come unstuck

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

Is 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

Oh
Oh and they come unstuck

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

I just wanna, I just wanna know
If you're gonna, if you're gonna stay
I just gotta, I just gotta know
I can't have it, I can't have it any other way
I swear she's destined for the screen
Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you've ever seen, 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

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

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
I got a lump in my throat because you're gonna sing the words wrong



All comments from YouTube:

Topisimo

2021 ❤️

Ashlee Renae Larsen

I love this song- so catchy!

•Mr. RichyRich•

yes szir

godless furwent

1.000 like

BATATA

sim

Lhhatl Tea

Same

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Jack Murphy

This song hits different when your actually scared of dentists and the dark and starting conversations.

Evie pandas

@MDM SVG no

MDM SVG

and your friends are turning green

Evie pandas

Yes

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