Riptide Guitar Chords No Capo by Vance Joy

If you are looking for Riptide chords without the capo then you are at the right place. In this free lesson, I will show you the chord progression and the strumming pattern of ‘Riptide’ which is super easy to play.

Australian singer-songwriter, Vance Joy’s global hit ‘Riptide’ is one of the easiest guitar songs out there. The great thing is, the song uses only 4 chords A minor, G major, C major, and F major.

Don’t let the ‘F chord’ scare you away because it appears only once in the bridge section of the song. Other than that, the whole song can be played using A minor, G major, C major.


Riptide Chords No Capo

The chords for Riptide without the capo are Am, C, G, and F. The ‘F Chord’ appears only once during the bridge section. If you are not well versed with the ‘F bar chord’ Simply use the ‘F open’ chord in that section and you are good to go. Besides this, the whole song revolves around Am, C, and G.

Riptide Strumming Pattern

‘Riptide’ three different strumming patterns but the good news is they are all easy.

  1. 1st pattern – D D UDU ( Intro, Verse, Pre Chorus )
  2. 2nd pattern – D XU UDU ( Chorus )
  3. 3rd pattern – D DU UDU UDUDUD (Bridge)

Refer the video mentioned below to get a visual representation of these strumming patterns. It starts exactly at 7:23.


Song – Riptide
Artist – Vance Joy
Tuning – E B G D A E ( standard )
Chords – Am-C-G-F
Difficulty – Beginner


[Verse 1]
[Am]I was scared of [G]dentists and the [C]dark
[Am]I was scared of [G]pretty girls and [C]starting conversations
Oh, [Am]all my frie[G]nds are turning [C]green
You’re the [Am]magician’s a[G]ssistant in their [C]dream

[Pre-Chorus]
[Am]Ooh, [G]ooh, [C]Ooh
[Am]Ooh, [G]ooh, and they [C]come unstuck

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

[Verse 2]
[Am]There’s this movie [G]that I think you’ll [C]like
This [Am]guy decides to [G]quit his job and [C]heads to New York City
This [Am]cowboy’s [G]running from [C]himself
And [Am]she’s been living [G]on the highest [C]shelf

[Pre-Chorus]
[Am]Ooh, [G]ooh, [C]Ooh
[Am]Ooh, [G]ooh, and they [C]come unstuck

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

[Bridge]
[Am]I just wanna, I just wanna [G]know
[C]If you’re gonna, if you’re gonna [F]stay
[Am]I just gotta, I just gotta [G]know
[C]I can’t have it, I can’t have it, [F]any other way

[Pre-Chorus] (strum once and hold)
I [Am]swear she’s [G]destined for the [C]screen
[Am]Closest thing to [G]Michelle Pfeiffer [C]that you’ve ever seen, oh

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

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

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