Discover How To Play Riptide On Ukulele In 3 Easy Chords!

Learn How To Play Riptide On Ukulele By Vance Joy + Beginners Guide!

Introduction

Vance Joy – Riptide song meaning and facts

James Keogh is an Australian singer-songwriter who is recording under the name of Vance Joy.

He took his stage moniker from the storyteller character in the Peter Carey book Bliss.

This ukulele-led song is a track from his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing, which was launched in March 2013 by Mushroom Group label Liberation Music.

It peaked at number 7 on the ARIA singles chart and was the best-selling song of 2013 in his home country by an Australian.

how to play riptide on ukulele

This was inspired by an encounter with a lady. Joy recalled to 3Links Music: “Around the time I wrote the song I met this lady. I asked her what she did and she was like ‘I am a magician’s assistant.’ I didn’t actually know where to go from there. I guess she never gets tired of laying that line on people.”

The song’s melody came to Joy on his way back from his local store to buy some food for dinner and he found himself humming the chorus.

The song earned Joy a five-album deal with Atlantic Records after a talent scout at the label got to hear the tune.

“I did have a good feeling about the song, an instinct. I knew it was special. It has a certain spark to it, it connects with other people,” Joy told News.com.au:

“I’m really grateful for it. It is such a valuable thing for me to have written that song. I can not believe it came out of me. I was fortunate to channel it, I really feel like I snagged this fish out of the ocean.”

How to play Riptide on Ukulele

Playing The Chords

This song has 3 chords (Am, C, G) that we are going to use in order to learn properly how to play this track.

Riptide chords

Strumming Pattern

This song strumming pattern is pretty easy for beginners also it goes – D D UDU (down, down, up, down, up).

For better and easier strumming we suggest you keep moving your hand up and down even when you are not playing any notes, a term that’s also known as “ghosting”.

Riptide strumming pattern

“Riptide” Ukulele Chords Structure and 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 magicians assistant in their dreams

Uh oooh oh oooh oooh

Oh oooh oh oooh and they come unstuck

Lady, runnin’ down to the riptide

Taken away to the dark side

I wanna be your left hand man

And I love you when you’re singin’ that song and

I gotta lump in my throat cos

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 head to New York City

This cowboy’s running from himself

She’s been living on the highest shelf

Uh oooh oh oooh oooh

Oh oooh oh oooh and they come unstuck

Lady, runnin’ down to the riptide

Taken away to the dark side

I wanna be your left hand man

And I love you when you’re singin’ that song and

I gotta lump in my throat cos

You’re gonna sing the words wrong

I just gotta, I just gotta 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 Phipher that you’ve ever seen oh

Lady, runnin’ down to the riptide

Taken away to the dark side

I wanna be your left hand man

And I love you when you’re singin’ that song and

I gotta lump in my throat cos

You’re gonna sing the words wrong

Lady, runnin’ down to the riptide

Taken away to the dark side

I wanna be your left hand man

And I love you when you’re singin’ that song and

I gotta lump in my throat cos

You’re gonna sing the words wrong

I gotta lump in my throat cos you’re gonna sing the words wrong

(Outro)

watch: How to play Riptide on ukulele (with one additional chord)

watch: Vance Joy playing Riptide on Ukulele

Conclusion

You will be in a position to play Riptide perfectly on Ukulele with good practice and determination.

Once you master this 3/4 chords song you will be able to enjoy it with your friends and family.

If you are looking for some additional lessons feel free to check our Counting Stars by OneRepublic ukulele guide.

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