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

  • Am
  • C
  • G
  • F

Intro

Am G C C

Am G C 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, 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

Chorus Lead In

Am G C

Ooh, ooh, ooh

Am G C

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

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,

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

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

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

C Am

I got a lump in my throat ‘cause

G C

You’re gonna sing the words wrong