Learn the Riptide Ukulele Chords

The Australian singer-songwriter, Vance Joy, wrote the popular hit song Riptide. Not only is this song a great beginning tune to learn on the uke, but the Riptide ukulele chords are easy to memorize. 

You will use four chords:  Am, G, C, and F. You can review all the ukulele chords in our easy to follow guide.

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Riptide Ukulele Chords

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 magician’s assistant in their dreams


Am G C

Oh, oh, oh

Am G           C (hold)

Oh, and they come unstuck


Am    G         C               

Lady, running down to the riptide


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


I got a lump in my throat because

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




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 

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

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If you need a little extra help, or want to hear how the Riptide ukulele chords sound, watch this video by The Ukulele Teacher.


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