Riptide

Album: God Loves You When You're Dancing (2013)
Charted: 10 30
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  • 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

    Ah-ooh
    Ah-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 'cause
    You're gonna sing the words wrong

    Here'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

    Ah-ooh
    Ah-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 'cause
    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 '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

    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 and
    I got a lump in my throat 'cause you're gonna sing the words wrong Writer/s: James Gabriel Keogh
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Angelina from Mechanicsville, MdOf course, it could always just be about a young model who gets corrupted by Hollywood.
  • Angelina from Mechanicsville, MdI've seen a lot of different theories for this song, but the most realistic one, put together by mostly relying on the music video and lyrics and my own interpretation, goes as follows: A pretty young girl (looks like Michelle Pfeiffer) gets stalked by the narrator of the song, an awkward young man who had trouble fitting in (afraid of starting conversations, etc). After he grows up and his already small pool of friends (due to his social anxiety) start going out and getting jobs (turning green), he figures out he has no desire to partake in normal adult life, so he moves to a discreet location after kidnapping the pretty girl. He makes her sing for him, and she keeps screwing up the lyrics because she doesn't know the songs, which he thinks is adorable (I love you, when you're singing that song and, you're gonna sing the words wrong). He also makes her watch a cowboy movie with him, which is also a way of taking about how there's this deputy looking for the girl who's headed in the wrong direction (this cowboy's running from himself), and she's living on the top story of his house (you've been living on the highest shelf), meaning she can't climb out the window without falling to her death, and she can't climb down the steps without him stopping her. She finally manages to escape (in the music video, when she disentangles herself from the tree) and, recognizing she is far from civilization and has no way of escaping, she runs to a cliff and throws herself into the violent rapids below (riptide), committing suicide as her only way of escaping her captor.
  • Lee Farrell from Richland, WaThe song and video is full of occult meaning and symbolism. I am currently writing up all the symbolism frame by frame. If you are interested in seeing the theory and helping contribute to the interpretation it would be greatly appreciated. Because my write up includes frame by frame still images you probably need to view it here: http://www.agnosticspirituality.com/vance-joys-riptide-occult-symbolism/.
  • Mathews from Lusaka, ZambiaAll the best joy great work indeed.
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