Aaron Myers, a local jazz musician, co-produced a song, “Stand Right,” all about this Metro code, which, when violated, invokes much anger from regular Metro riders.
“Stand right, walk left, on the Metro escalator,” Myers sings in the chorus. “It’s what the locals do. Stand right. It’s my piece of advice to you.”
Myers laments in the song that, in Washington, where Congress can’t seem to pass bills, this golden Metro rule is the only thing people can agree on.
“My congressman told me, in his office on the Hill, after meeting his committee and voting on a bill. We can’t decide on health care and are not aligned on welfare,” he sings.
Oren Levine, a local jazz pianist and composer, wrote the lyrics last year and plays the piano in the recording with Myers. The song is part of a holiday album the duo co-produced with bassist Percy White.
Myers said he hopes it serves as a warning to Washington visitors who slow down locals walking up or down the escalator.
“I take the Metro, and that’s something that happens to me almost daily,” said Myers, who Washington City Paper readers voted as the best singer in D.C. in 2015.
Myers is the resident jazz artist at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant in Capitol Hill and performs the song there regularly.
“Every time we sang it live, all the Washingtonians, they go really over the top with it,” Myers said. “It’s a common pet peeve.”