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Riptide Ukulele Chords

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  • I use chords different from any other tab.
  • I think the other tabs are not 100% accurate, and ... Show more

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[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 magicians assistant in their dreams.

Am   G   C
Ooh, ooh ooh
Am   G        C (hold)
Ooh, and they come unstuck


[Chorus]

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

Am   G   C
Ooh, ooh ooh
Am   G        C (hold)
Ooh, and they come unstuck


[Chorus]

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

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[Bridge]

Am                         G
I just wanna, I just wanna know,
C                                F
If you're gonna, if you're gonna stay,
Am                         G
I just gotta, I just gotta know,
C                                F (strum and hold)
I can't have it, I can't have it any other way

Strum once and hold:

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

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

Am    G                   C
Lady, running down to the riptide,
C                 Am
taken away to the dark side,
G               C
I wanna be your left hand man.
Am         G                        C
I love you when you're singing that song and,
C                  Am
I got a lump in my throat 'cause
G                     C
you're gonna sing the words wrong
C                  Am      G                           C
I got a lump in my throat 'cause you're gonna sing the words wrong.
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+4 reply
jdmanley17 10 Sep 10, 2013 11:09 PM

I think to play it live he tunes his ukulele down 5 half steps and plays Dm, C, F. Right chords though the tuning down gives a nicer voicing I think

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GuitarBacon123 98 Apr 25, 2014 07:58 AM

It's going to sound weird, but, on ukulele, Vance Joy tunes it to the same notes as the bottom 4 strings of a guitar.
D, G, B, E
On the album version, he plays it a semi-tone higher: D#, G#, C F

Also, the little mini-solo he pulls off before the bridge goes like this:

E|----------3--------|
B|-------------1-----|
G|-------------------|
D|--0h2--2--------2--|

As for the chords, They are Am, G, C, but they are play the same way as a guitar, but without the top 2 strings. So:

Am: G: C: F:
E|---0---| E|---3---| E|---0---| E|---0---|
B|---1---| B|---0---| B|---1---| B|---1---|
G|---2---| G|---0---| G|---0---| G|---2---|
D|---2---| D|---0---| D|---2---| D|---3---|

Strumming Pattern:

VERSE
DD UDU

Chorus:
D DU UDU

+5 reply
ajfranek97 21 Jul 10, 2014 10:19 AM

If you have trouble tuning as mentioned above... try this

B, D, G, E and switch the fingers around.

Am: G: C: F:
E|---0---| E|---3---| E|---0---| E|---0---|
G|---2---| B|---0---| G|---0---| G|---2---|
D|---2---| G|---0---| D|---2---| D|---3---|
B|---1---| D|---0---| B|---1---| B|---1---|

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