Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Winding roads that seem to beckon"

Although she’s sold 100 million records, including 15 that went gold, Patti Page blushed yesterday when Barnstable assistant town manager Thomas Lynch referred to her by her old nickname, “Patti Page, The Singing Rage.”

Singling out Page’s 1957 hit “Old Cape Cod,” in which she sings about sand dunes, lobster stew and falling in love, Lynch said, “We hope when you think of the song, you think of us, because a piece of us is with you in that song.”

The 82-year-old singer teased Barnstable town officials who named Main Street after her for a single day when she played the Cape Cod Melody Tent more than a decade ago.

“I thought to myself . . . are they going to do it permanently one day? It’s been a long time getting here, but I’ve enjoyed every moment of it,” Page said when Barnstable officially christened the entrance to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce facility with a shiny new street sign proclaiming it “Patti Page Way.”

If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air
Quaint little villages here and there
You're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod

If you like the taste of a lobster stew
Served by a window with an ocean view
You're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod

Winding roads that seem to beckon you
Miles of green beneath the skies of blue
Church bell chiming on a Sunday morn
Remind you of the town where you were born

If you spend an evening you'd want to stay
Watching the moonlight on Cape Cod Bay
You're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod.

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