Riptide Chords and Lyrics by Vance Joy – Easy version

Knowing the Riptide chords opens up one of the easiest guitar songs to play songs you can imagine. It’s also super fun to play.

Riptide chords

Riptide by Vance Joy is a modern classic that’s fun for every guitarist from beginners to experts. And the Riptide chords couldn’t be easier.

There’s only four chords in the whole song and they’re all simple for a beginner: Am, G, C and Fmag7. Don’t be put off by the Fmag7, as it’s a simple shape and no dreaded barre chord involved.

To play along with the record you’ll need to place a capo at the first fret.

If you’re interested in more easy guitar songs for beginners, see our article with 100 amazing songs to learn.

Riptide Chords

Capo at 1st fret.

Am chord guitar
G chord guitar
C chord guitar

Riptide Chord Chart by Vance Joy

[Intro]
Am  G  C
Am  G  C

 
[Verse 1]
Am                     G                         C
I was scared of dentists and the dark

Am                     G                        C
I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations

       Am         G                          C
Oh, all my friends are turning green

                  Am              G                         C
You're the magician's assistant in their dreams
 
[Pre-chorus]
Am   G    C
Ooh, ooh, ooh

Am   G                      C
Ooh, ooh, and they come unstuck

 
[Chorus]
Am    G                                  C
Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away

           Am            G                         C
To the dark side, I wanna be your left hand man

   Am        G                                           C
I love you when you're singing that song, and I got a lump

           Am                  G                                  C
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

        Am                    G                         C
This guy decides to quit his job and heads to New York City

         Am             G                    C
This cowboy's running from himself

         Am                       G                       C
And she's been living on the highest shelf

 
[Pre-chorus]
Am   G    C
Ooh, ooh, ooh

Am   G                       C
Ooh, ooh, and they come unstuck
 
[Chorus]
Am    G                                  C
Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away

           Am            G                         C
To the dark side, I wanna be your left hand man

   Am        G                                           C
I love you when you're singing that song, and I got a lump

           Am                  G                                  C
In my throat, cause you're gonna sing the words wrong
 
[Bridge]
Am                                       G
I just wanna, I just wanna know

C                                                    Fmaj7
If you're gonna, if you're gonna stay

Am                                       G
I just gotta, I just gotta know

C                                              Fmaj7
I can't have it, I can't have it any other way

 
[Pre-chorus] 
  Am                 G                        C
I swear she's destined for the screen

Am                      G                          C
Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you've ever seen, oh

 
[Chorus]
Am    G                                  C
Lady, running down to the riptide, taken away

           Am            G                         C
To the dark side, I wanna be your left hand man

   Am        G                                           C
I love you when you're singing that song, and I got a lump

           Am                  G                                  C
In my throat, cause you're gonna sing the words wrong
 
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