Riptide

Vance Joy

Dream Your Life Away

May 21st, 2013

The singer has a beautiful girl that all this friends are jealous of (“Oh, all my friends are turning green”). The girl isn’t perfect and often makes mistakes. (“'Cause you're gonna sing the words wrong”) He even feels that she may be going over to the dark side but he still loves her and wants to marry her (“I wanna be your left hand man”).

Did you know?

  • "Riptide" also peaked at number ten in the United Kingdom and entered Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, peaking at number 1. It has also peaked at number 8 on the US Hot Rock Songs and number 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100 as of September 1, 2014.
  • The song's first few chords and first two lines were originally written at his Glen Iris home in 2008 with the same title, but shelved.
  • In an interview, Vance Joy said the title of a song came from a motel of the same name he used to go with his family when he was a child.
  • In an interview, Vance Joy said the title of a song came from a motel of the same name he used to go with his family when he was a child.
  • James Keogh was born December 1, 1987 in Melbourne, Australia and is better known as Vance Joy.
  • In 2008 and 2009, Keogh played for the Coburg Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL), winning their best first year player award in 2008.
  • Keogh graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.
  • Keogh said in an interview with Triple J about his stage name, "I was going through a Peter Carey phase and reading a lot of his books. There's a book called Bliss. The main character's name is Harry Joy and his grandfather is Vance Joy. He's the storyteller and a crazy old man. Plus, I thought it was a cool name."