Riptide is played in standard tuning with a capo on the first fret, and the song uses the chords Am, G, C, and F. The F chord is only used during the bridge section of the song. All the other portions of the song are just Am, G, and C.

The strum pattern is a down down, up down up. The first downstroke kind of accents the bass note of the chord.

Riptide Guitar Chords

Here are the chords you’ll need to play this song:

  • Am
  • C
  • G
  • F

A minor

A minor

C major

C major

G major

G major

F major

F major

 

 

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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.

Chorus Lead In

Am    G      C
Ooh, ooh, ooh

Am   G             C
Ooh, ooh and they come unstuck

Chorus

Am     G                                   C
Lady, running down to the riptide,

                                  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,

                                  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

Chorus Lead In

Am    G      C
Ooh, ooh, ooh

Am   G              C
Ooh, ooh and they come unstuck

Chorus

Am     G                                   C
Lady, running down to the riptide,

                                  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,

                                   Am
I got a lump in my throat ‘cause

G                                      C
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

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
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

Am     G                                   C
Lady, running down to the riptide,

                                   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,

                                   Am
I got a lump in my throat ‘cause

G                                      C
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

Chorus

Am     G                                   C
Lady, running down to the riptide,

                                  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,

                                   Am
I got a lump in my throat ‘cause

G                                      C
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

Chorus

Am     G                                   C
Lady, running down to the riptide,

                                  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,

                                   Am
I got a lump in my throat ‘cause

G                                      C
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

                                   Am
I got a lump in my throat ‘cause

G                                      C
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

 

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