5. rip tide

Riptide by Vance Joy

Song Title: Riptide
Artist: Vance Joy
Album: Dream your Life Away
Year: 2014

Why I never skip it?
At my school’s most recent end of year assembly, a few of us were asked to form a teachers’ band (“The Holy Equations” if any of you are wondering…). Anyway, just as we are about to take to the stage for a misjudged rendition of the rather sombre, depressing Wild World by Cat Stevens – everyone’s favourite way to end the year –  a group of shy, geeky 14 year olds walked up to perform Riptide. The tension was palpable. Everyone was on edge. No-one had heard these guys talk, let alone sing. However, just like in a corny movie, they were simply amazing, and the closing strum of the guitar was met by a sea of screams and a standing ovation. Thank God The Holy Equations were up next to bring everyone back down to earth with a bump. Anyway, I have since listened to this song loads, and I love it. From the lovely opening line to the sing-along chorus, this is a truly wonderful song.

Favourite Lyric:
I swear she’s destined for the screen
Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you’ve ever seen

Lyrics:
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

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 because
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

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 the south
And she’s been living on the highest shelf

Oh, and they come unstuck

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 because
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

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

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 because
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 because
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 because
You’re gonna sing the words wrong
I got a lump in my throat because you’re gonna sing the words wrong