Artist Vance Joy
Album Riptide - Single
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Note You can also play an F#add9 chord instead of G#.
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Intro: Bbm  Ab  Db

Bbm              Ab                 Db
I was scared of dentists and the dark
Bbm              Ab                 Db
I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations
Bbm         Ab                    Db
Oh all my friends are turning green
       Bbm              Ab               Db
You're the magicians assistant in their dreams


  Bbm     Ab         Db
Uh oooh oh oooh oooh
Bbm         Ab               Db 
Oh oooh oh oooh and they come unstuck
Bbm     Ab                     Db
Lady, runnin' down to the riptide
Db                  Bbm
Taken away to the dark side
Ab               Db
I wanna be your left hand man
       Bbm       Ab                         Db
And I love you when you're singin' that song and
                      Bbm
I gotta lump in my throat cos
Ab                          Db
You're gonna sing the words wrong


Bbm                 Ab                   Db
There's this movie that I think you'll like
     Bbm             Ab                Db
This guy decides to quit his job and head to New York City
      Bbm       Ab           Db
This cowboy's running from himself
Bbm                Ab              Db
She's been living on the highest shelf


  Bbm     Ab         Db
Uh oooh oh oooh oooh
Bbm         Ab               Db 
Oh oooh oh oooh and they come unstuck
Bbm     Ab                     Db
Lady, runnin' down to the riptide
Db                  Bbm
Taken away to the dark side
Ab               Db
I wanna be your left hand man
       Bbm       Ab                         Db
And I love you when you're singin' that song and
                      Bbm
I gotta lump in my throat cos
Ab                          Db
You're gonna sing the words wrong


Bbm           Ab               Db
I just gotta, I just gotta know
Bbm             Ab                Db
If you're gonna, if you're gonna stay
Bbm          Ab              Db
I just gotta, I just gotta know
Bbm              Ab                 Db 
I can't have it, I can't have it any other way


   Bbm         Ab               Db 
I swear she's destined for the screen
Bbm               Ab                Db    
Closest thing to Michelle Phipher that you've ever seen oh


Bbm     Ab                     Db
Lady, runnin' down to the riptide
Db                  Bbm
Taken away to the dark side
Ab               Db
I wanna be your left hand man
       Bbm       Ab                         Db
And I love you when you're singin' that song and
                      Bbm
I gotta lump in my throat cos
Ab                          Db
You're gonna sing the words wrong


Bbm     Ab                     Db
Lady, runnin' down to the riptide
Db                  Bbm
Taken away to the dark side
Ab               Db
I wanna be your left hand man
       Bbm       Ab                         Db
And I love you when you're singin' that song and
                      Bbm
I gotta lump in my throat cos
Ab                          Db
You're gonna sing the words wrong
                    Bbm        Ab                           Db 
I gotta lump in my throat cos you're gonna sing the words wrong

Outro: Db
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Lol llama
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It’s way easier if you just do Am G C for the whole song. It also suits sopranos better. Hope this helps :)

grilledcheesebanana
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grilledcheesebanana

This is actually really helpful. Thanks!

Boulevard of broken dreams
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Boulevard of broken dreams

That is true and I think it sounds better that way. For the strum I recommend DD UDU. Great song 👍😁

Random person
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I find DD UU DU fits better

who me?!
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who me?!

I agree, DD UU DU

melissa
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melissa

yeah i agree i also do that strumming pattern

vegan Sprinkles
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vegan Sprinkles

I always use DD DU

Martin
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Martin

Actually, it’s DD UDU for verse and DDU UDU for chorus.

eline
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eline

exactly!

Marley
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Marley

Thank you

uwu
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uwu

i was comfused when i saw bbm, db, and ab! i learned it with am g c and it’s A LOT easier

LetsGet_Going123
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That is exactly what I did.

LetsGet_Going123
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THAT WAS -1 YOU STUPID!!!!!

Mumford&SonsAndGreenDayAreForever
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bruh

YourMom
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YourMom

Also Green Day be cool

gay teehee
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gay teehee

dont be a poopy plop

Flower of a million cats
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Flower of a million cats

Don’t bully people and call them stupid! Everyone has their opinions and even you get it wrong sometimes. Nobody’s perfect. Don’t ruin safe places like this with negative comments!

Flower of a million cats
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Flower of a million cats

Don’t say other people are stupid!!! No ones perfect and you have no right to bully in safe places like this!!

YourMom
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YourMom

Okay, while I’m sure most of us appreciate you sticking up for someone, I’m sure it was just a joke. “Poopy plop”? I mean, cmon.

Rachel Racine
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Rachel Racine

please be kind! Learning an instrument can be a struggle for some people, and we should be kind anyway especially in this situation (COVID-19). Thank you for understanding.

melissa
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melissa

your speech is bad dude

The realtinygog
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The realtinygog

Well that’s a little passive aggressive

Patrica
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True… I’d use your Advice for the song

mariaisdumb
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mariaisdumb

Put it on -1 and you have the tab with the chords :3

Beane
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Beane

I had no idea that Ab Db and Bb were even used in this song until about 5 minutes ago xD. i guess ima soprano!

yaya eee
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yaya eee

for which chords

Lainiebug04
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Lainiebug04

Thanks so much for the suggestion. I.have a soprano and it’s a lot easier and sounds way better.

OOOF
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OOOF

That is -1

Addison hey there Joe
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Addison hey there Joe

No hurt feelings but that is the same as -1
Sorry if I did something to your feelings

vegan Sprinkels
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vegan Sprinkels

yes thank you <3

melissa
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melissa

i agree i’ve tried it hahaha

Aanya.Crazy
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Aanya.Crazy

Yes that is true but there is also the F chord

Hannah Kovic
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Hannah Kovic

That’s what I’ve always done. Agree 100%

reese
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reese

you can use Am G and C, its kinda sounds better and its more easy to do

revelcw
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revelcw

Yeah, half step down

janine
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janine

jeez.. the autoscroll keeps seizing up…

syd
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syd

same

LetsGet_Going123
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same for me too

Tess
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ik

pspspsps
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pspspsps

hi it’s -1 lol just use that

Your fellow weeb
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Your fellow weeb

My way of doing this is Am – DDUDU, G – DDUDU, C – DDUDU

MissApollo
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MissApollo

Same.

marianna
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marianna

same

renny
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renny

i was sitting in my bed strumming Am- DDUDU, G- DDUDU, C- DDUDU DDUDU for a solid 15 minutes, it sounds amazing, thank you

Sammy
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Sammy

Honestly same haha

annabethlester
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annabethlester

literally me every two seconds loll

Silentdiscription
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Silentdiscription

Great it works for me too

sheera aharoni
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sheera aharoni

there’s a chord missing, the bridge doesn’t sound right. may I suggest:

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

noneofyourbeezwaxbruh
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noneofyourbeezwaxbruh

agreed the F was missing I was hoping I wasn’t the only one who noticed lol

TheUkePlayer1217
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TheUkePlayer1217

For all you people who can’t play the transition from Am to G without going slow, try F instead of G.

This was the first song I learned on the Ukulele. :)

JustMonika
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JustMonika

You could also change the fingering to 2 on the C string, 3 on the E string and 1 on the A string, so you can just slide over a string instead of completely changing your hand position

Emily
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Emily

omg this is exactly how i learnt cuz i cant transition quick enough cuz im a beginner

Aashuii
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Aashuii

This was also my first song i learned i was such a noob lol

jamie
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jamie

if you learn ocean eyes it helps a lot with the fast transition

annabelle
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annabelle

its easy to transition if you use your middle finger for Am because then you can just have your index finger hovering over A string and your ring finger hovering over E string because then you only have to put your middle finger back a string to do G! i hope that was easy to read haha

Sophie Foster
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Sophie Foster

does db and ab sound wrong to anyone else?

chicken nuggets
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chicken nuggets

it sounds weird to me too. playing Am, G and C sounds much better!!

noneofyourbeezwaxbruh
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noneofyourbeezwaxbruh

yep

diET cOkE
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diET cOkE

my cousin taught me this when I was just 9 yrs. I nailed it by doing it the simple way. strum pattern DD UDU and chords Am G & C. this way is easiest for beginners

JAes
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I I’m a beginner any pointers

Kaylyn Farrell
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Kaylyn Farrell

I recommend practicing some really easy chords and songs with those chords. Then starting to use slightly more difficult chords as you go on

GetOutNubs
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GetOutNubs

Start with Counting Stars or Can’t Help Falling in Love

ukulila
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ukulila

The only thing I really have to say is Practice makes Perfect. When I started learning I would sit in my room for hours just going C G Am F. I’ve been doing this for about a year now and I sound so much better! Believe in yourself babe and keep going! ILYSM

Flower of a million cats
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Flower of a million cats

I am also relatively new to playing. This was the 2nd song I mastered, the first one I learned was ‘I Don’t know my name’ by Grace VanderWaal. So yes, playing with easier chords first is the best way to master songs.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Put it on -1, it’s three basic chords :)

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