Grace VanderWaal . Cover ~ Riptide by Vance Joy

May 9 2016

Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
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, and they come unstuck

[Chorus]
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 cause
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

[Verse 2]
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, and they come unstuck

[Chorus]
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 cause
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

[Bridge]
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

[Chorus]
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 cause
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 cause
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

 

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, for special lyrics “I got a lock on my phone,” 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.[1]

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 Billboards 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).[2]

In May 2015, it was announced that “Riptide” had become the longest-charting song in ARIA Chart history, having remained in the top 100 for 107 weeks and counting. It surpassed the previous record of 106 weeks, held by “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga.[3] In January 2016, the week count was at 120.[4]

As for January 2018, the single has worldwide sales over 6,000,000.[5]

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Background

The song’s first few chords and opening two lines were originally written at Joy’s Glen Iris, Melbourne, home in 2008—the same song title was used, but he initially shelved the song.[6] Years after his experience in university and a VFL career, Joy started doing open mic gigs in Melbourne, Australia, which eventually led to a legitimate music career.[7]

When recording the song in 2012, a year before the EP came out, Joy was writing a song that reminded him of the shelved “Riptide” draft from 2008—he then combined the 2008 effort with his current project at the time. A rough version of the song was uploaded on his personal Facebook account. Although the singer uploaded “…just the first verse and chorus,” the encouraging response from Joy’s friends and family encouraged him to persist with his music.[8] Joy initially recorded and produced the song with drummer Edwin White in just one afternoon at Red Door Studios, in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. Additional production was subsequently completed by John Castle.[6] In an interview, Joy said the title of the song came from a motel of the same name he used to go to with his family when he was a child.[9]

Chart performance

“Riptide” made its first chart appearance at 75 on the ARIA Singles Chart on 29 April 2013, later making its top 50 debut at 41 on 23 June. The song became a top 10 hit when charting at 10 on 28 July, peaking at number 7. For the remainder of the year, “Riptide” remained at the top 40 until on 2 February 2014, the song charted to a new peak of 6 from 35 in response to the song placed on the top of the Hottest 100 of 2013.

The song holds the record for the most weeks in the top 100 of the ARIA Singles Chart (120 consecutive weeks), breaking the records previously held by Lady Gaga‘s “Poker Face” (106 weeks) and The Black Eyed Peas‘ “I Gotta Feeling” (105 weeks), both of which were in non-consecutive runs.[10] Worldwide, the single has sold over 1 million copies.[11] The video, directed by Dimitri Basil, artistically depicts the song word for word.[12]

Covers

  • Georgia Arden, an Australian artist, covered this song in her live album ‘Arden’.
  • A live version of “Riptide” was covered by South African artist Van T on her EP, Tides, which was released in 2013.[13]
  • Gossling, a folk/pop singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia, also recorded a version of “Riptide” in 2014.
  • Taylor Swift performed a piano-based version of the song on BBC Radio 1‘s Live Lounge segment on 9 October 2014.[14] That version of the song consists of a piano, electric organ, shaker, and acoustic guitar.
  • MisterWives, a indie rock band, also recorded a version of “Riptide” in 2014
  • Hot Potato Band also covered the song and it is featured as a bonus track on their EP named after the band.

In popular culture

The song is featured in the 2014 film The Inbetweeners 2 [15] the TV series Stalker episode 8, and in episodes of Hawaii Five-0, Neighbours and Home and Away.

The song is also used in the ads for Medibank and Irish Life Assurance Plc‘.[16]

Performances

Joy performed “Riptide” at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland. Held at the O2 Academy Glasgow, Joy’s performance was part of the New York City Digital show.[citation needed] Quentin Alexander performed “Riptide” on the season 14 finale of American Idol on 13 May 2015.

Track listings

Charts

Chart (2013)Position
Australia (ARIA)[56]12
Chart (2014)Position
Australia (ARIA)[57]55
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[58]69
Germany (Official German Charts)[59]27
Ireland (IRMA)[60]14
Israel (Media Forest)[61]6
Italy (FIMI)[62]76
Poland (ZPAV)[63]36
Slovenia (SloTop50)[64]19
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[65]12
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[66]7
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[67]34
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[68]7
Chart (2015)Position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[69]37
US Billboard Hot 100[70]71

All-time chart

Chart successions

Preceded by
Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Australia Triple J Hottest 100 Winner
2013
Succeeded by
Talk Is Cheap” by Chet Faker

Certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[72]9× Platinum630,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[73]6× Platinum480,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[74]Platinum90,000^
Germany (BVMI)[75]Gold150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[76]2× Platinum100,000double-dagger
South Africa (RISA)[77]Gold10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[78]Platinum40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[79]Gold15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[80]2× Platinum1,200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[81]4× Platinum4,000,000double-dagger
Streaming
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[82]Gold1,300,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

RegionDateFormatLabel
United States[17][83]21 May 2013Digital downloadAtlantic Records
7 October 2013Adult album alternative radio
United Kingdom[84]25 November 2013Digital downloadInfectious Music
United States[85]28 January 2014Digital download (free download)Atlantic Records
United Kingdom[18]10 March 2014Digital download (FlicFlac remix)
Germany[19]28 March 2014Compact disc
United States[86][87]1 April 2014Modern rock radio
11 August 2014Hot adult contemporary radio
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