Learn To Play Old Cape Cod


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 I grew up singing this song with my father, along with Patti Page singing it, too. The words and music were written by Claire Rothrock, Milt Yakus and Allan Jeffrey back in 1956.

village in massachusetts

Have you been to Massachusetts? You'll discover a variety of quaint villages, like the one above.
Wikipedia says, "Cape Cod, often referred to locally as simply the Cape, is a cape in the easternmost portion of the state of Massachusetts, in the Northeastern United States."

Here's the song I uploaded on YouTube, just in case you're not familiar with it.


I'm using these chords that I wanted to share with you.  You can do a google search for the song in different key signatures, if you like but I'm playing in the Key of Eb, slowly with 4/4 time signature.

Old Cape Cod

Patti Page

Eb                            Bbm7   Eb9 
If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air. 
Ab                      Db9        
Quaint little villages here and there. 
Eb              C7               F    F7  Bb7
You're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod. 

#2. 
Eb                   Bbm7           Eb9 
If you like the taste of a lobster stew, 
Ab                         Db9    
served by a window with an ocean view. 
Eb              C7               F    Bb7 Eb 
You're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod. 

Chorus: 
Ab       Bb7                 Eb   Edim 
Winding roads that seem to beckon you, 
Fm7      Bb7               Ebmaj7    Eb7
miles of green beneath the skies of blue. 
Ab            Adim         Eb    Bbm  C7
Church bells chiming on a Sun..day morn, 
Fm7               F7         Bb7       Bb7#5
Remind you of the town where you were born. 

#3. 
Eb                            Bbm7     Eb9 
If you spend an evening you'll want to stay, 
Ab                        Db9       
watching the moonlight on Cape Cod Bay. 
Eb              C7               F    F7  Bb7
You're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod. 

Chorus: 

REPEAT#3. 

ADD: 
 Eb             C7               F7   Bb7   Eb   Fm  E7#9  Eb6/9
You're sure to fall in love with Old..Cape..Cod. 

Basically, I'm playing these slash chords:

L.H./ R.H.

EbG/ Eb *

BbAb/Db

EbG/F

AbEb/C

Db/Cb
EbG/G

CBb/EC

FA/C

CA/EbG

BbAb/DF * repeat

AbC/EbC

AbBb/DC

GBb/EbBb
EG/DbBb
FC/EbAb
FBb/DAb
EbBb/DG
EbBb/DbG
AC/F#ACD
BbEb/GBb
BbDb/FBb
BbC/EG
FC/EbA
FA/C
BbAb/DF
Bb/F# *repeat to beginning

Coda:

FA/EbC  Old

BbAb/D  Cape

EbG/E    Cod

FAb/C

EG#/DG

EbG/CFBb

Have fun with the song, playing slowly with expression.

Be sure and learn your chords through HearandPlay, founder Jermaine Griggs teaching Chords 101 and 102

Kind Regards,


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