Riptide - Vance Joy





The Experience: All at one point or another we all find ourselves chasing after something in life that we find beautiful on the outside, a girl/guy, a dream, a material possession.  However where does this chase lead us in the end...to a better place or straight into the Riptide?    




Music video: The main character of the video is a woman who little by little begins to destroy herself by getting mixed up in all sorts of black magic type things...tarot cards, ouija boards, etc.  The man in the video seems attracted by her beauty and is trying to hunt her down to film her yet she keeps running away down to the riptide.  

The Meaning of Riptide: The lyrics are a little strange for this song yet the music video can help shed a little light on a message that comes through in the song.  The main singer is chasing a beautiful lady wanting to be with her and be her left hand man.  However, this woman keeps running away down to the riptide.  The riptide is that dangerous tide that sucks amateur swimmers out to sea and usually results in their drowning.  In our lives there are many things that appear beautiful, harmless and attractive on the outside yet when pursued they lead us to harmful places... like right into the riptide!  

Ask yourselfWhat are we chasing in our lives?  Where is that thing or that person we are chasing leading us?  To a better place or ... into the riptide?!


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 dream

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

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

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

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