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“Riptide” By Vance Joy ‘Ukulele Chords

The official quirky ‘ukulele song from 2013, Riptide uses simple chords and a fun strum to bring life to far-out lyrics.

Strumming this one can be as simple as D DU UD or as complex as a less-intuitive D D UDU. But strumming the ‘ukulele is always feel over fancy for me. So use whatever you can play already and alter it to fit the emphasis of the song’s rhythms.

The original key is a half step higher than what is written here. If you DO want to play it in C#, tune your ‘ukulele up a half step or use a capo on the 1st fret and play these chords as written.

I believe the recorded ‘ukulele is a baritone. So if you have one to use, find the baritone shape for these chord names (they’ll be different!).

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Am  G  C     (x2)

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 magicians assistant in their dreams

Pre-Chorus:
Am   G    C
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Am  G         C/
Ooh, and they come unstuck

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

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>
Chorus>

C

Am                             G C                                   F
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/           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> x3

C                  Am            G                           C
I got a lump in my throat 'cause you're gonna sing the words wrong.


Riptide Ukulele Chords by Vance Joy