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 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 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


Lyrics submitted by deck, edited by Mellow_Harsher, thatismahogony, blarhblarh, roxycon, giggleglasses

"Riptide" as written by James Keogh

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +8
    General CommentI'm a dentist and I don't like when people are afraid of me!
    docrockon October 31, 2013   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationIt's a break up song. Or rather the anticipation of a break up from a woman he loves who no longer loves him or has been attracted to another.

    "And it comes unstuck"

    "Lady, running down to the riptide
    Taken away to the dark side
    I wanna be your left hand man"
    He wants to marry her, he loves her but she doesn't love him.

    "I love you when you're singing that song and I gotta lump in my throat cos your gonna sing the words wrong"
    He wants so badly to hear her say "I love you" but she can't or won't.

    Just my interpretation anyway... Better than something about Trannys...
    waywardkittyon August 17, 2013   Link
  • +6
    General CommentMusic videos either make or break a song- this one made me love this song even more, and watching him live at the Arias 2013. This guy is a genius! His voice sounds even better live.
    I believe this song is about a girl he loves who is slowly changing before his eyes.
    "I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations" meaning he'd conquered that fear and now he's found her.
    "All my friends are turning green" His friends are jealous because he has this beautiful girlfriend.

    "Lady, running down to the riptide,
    Taken away to the dark side". His girlfriend gets caught up with bad people or an addiction or something that is changing her ways.

    " i wanna be your left hand man" But he loves her so much he'll still stay and help her no matter what happens

    " I love you, when you're singing that song, and
    I've got a lump in my throat,
    Cos your gonna sing the words wrong" The relationship starts going downhill because she's saying things and doing things that are out of character. It makes him feel sick inside that she's not the girl he first met.

    "This cowboys running from himself" Meaning he's confused with why she's become this way so he questions himself and that maybe he's he's not good enough.

    "And she's been living on the higher shelf" He's always worshipped her and put her up on a pedestal.

    "I just wanna, I just wanna know,
    If you're gonna, if you're gonna stay" He asks her for the truth, he wants to know if she really loves him.

    And that's my interpretation of some of the lyrics in this song ;)
    ElectraHeart2000on December 10, 2013   Link
  • +5
    General Commenti don't know why but I've always seen this as this awkward kid who deeply falls in love with this free spirited girl who also has tendencies to get sad and traumatised and run off and do fuck all for a bit. He fears for her when she goes through these dark stages, however is so infatuated with her at the same time. idkk just what i got
    chadtheladon February 03, 2014   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationIt's definitely NOT a break-up song. It's about a woman's fears of loving a "cowboy who's running away from himself", and of a man who's afraid he isn't worthy to stand in the presence of a pretty woman. They are both stuck in these fears, in these darksides.

    The riptide is a division of ways, a decision. The woman asks him whether he's going to stay or not. "I just wanna, I just wanna know
    If you're gonna, if you're gonna stay" - he's remembering when she said it, how she looked.

    He answers that he will be her "left hand man", marry her. And it transforms their relationship from one of fear to one of hope.

    They become unstuck - it's a reference to a song by The Cure called "Doing the Unstuck" - a couple in love are about to break up, but then decide to start over again. It's a very positive and moving song, and its reference shouldn't be missed.
    yarlypipon January 17, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't get it
    tyty2006on April 09, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment<3 velocite
    alfyon August 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttrannys <3 best line of the song by far
    thatismahogonyon August 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like he is breaking up with her, because he loves her so much, but she has taken on a drug problem. I kind of get the vibe that he's at his wit's end and is either saying it's him or the drugs.
    aaronplaneon October 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI agree with what people say about it being a break up song but he also comes across as quite an awkward/unsuccessful guy which is something I can relate to. The whole song makes much more sense with the music video as it is very literal. He lists his fears that he used to have(dentists, the dark, pretty girls, making conversation) so I guess that over the relationship some of those have dissapeared with experience and confidence and he is now more prepared to commit to her than before. "All my friends are turning green" implies his friends are making money and highlights his insecurity as he only seems to have her. The last thing I found was that he refers to himself as her 'left hand man'. The commonly used phrase is right hand man but he chooses left to show his awkwardness and I know as a left hander myself that we are pretty awkward!
    FPosfordon November 27, 2013   Link

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