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Riptide - Vance Joy

Riptide

Riptide
indie folk australian alternative indie folk


"Riptide" is a song by Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy. It was first released as a track on his debut EP God Loves You When You're Dancing (2013), serving as its second single, and is also featured on his debut studio album Dream Your Life Away (2014). The song was written by Joy, who also produced it with drummer Edwin White. The upbeat indie folk song has been lyrically described as a "coming of age love story" and is known for its metaphors and pop culture references. The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its lyrics, vocals and production and drew comparisons to singer-songwriters Paul Kelly and Jeff Buckley. "Riptide" would go on to have commercial success in Australia, peaking at number six on the ARIA singles chart and subsequently being named the number one song in radio station Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2013. The following year, "Riptide" also peaked at number ten in the United Kingdom and entered Billboard‍ '​s Alternative Songs chart, peaking at number 1. By May 2015, it was the second longest charting single still in the US Billboard Hot 100, appearing on that list for 43 weeks (at number 42 from its peak of number 30).


Vance Joy (born James Keogh in Melbourne) is an Australian singer-songwriter. His debut album God Loves You When You're Dancing was released in March 2013. The single "Riptide" became a success on Australian commercial radio and was certified Platinum by the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA). Feeding on a diet of The Pogues, Paul Kelly, and whatever else was playing, Joy cut his teeth performing at open mic nights in Melbourne. His style is folk music with pop influences. Show more ...

Riptide - Vance Joy

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 magician's assistant in their dreams


Oh ooh ooh oooh
Oh ooh ooh,
And they come unstuck

Lady, running down to the riptide
Taken away to the dark side
I wanna be your left hand man

I love you when you're singing that song and
I got a 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 heads to New York City

This cowboy's running from himself
And she's been living on the highest shelf

Oh ooh ooh oooh
Oh ooh ooh,
And they come unstuck

Lady, running down to the riptide
Taken away to the dark side

I wanna be your left hand man
I love you when you're singing that song and
I got a lump in my throat cos'
You're gonna sing the words wrong


I just wanna, I just wanna 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 Pfeiffer that you've ever seen, oh

Lady, running down to the riptide
Taken away to the dark side
I wanna be your left hand man

I love you when you're singing that song and
I got a lump in my throat cos'
You're gonna sing the words wrong


Oh lady, running down to the riptide
Taken away to the dark side
I wanna be your left hand man
I love you when you're singing that song and
I got a lump in my throat cos'
You're gonna sing the words wrong

Oh lady, running down to the riptide
Taken away to the dark side
I wanna be your left hand man
I love you when you're singing that song and
I got a lump in my throat cos'
You're gonna sing the words wrong

Yeah, I got a lump in my throat because you're gonna sing the words wrong



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