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Musical Break Outs

UPDATE: 7:05 a.m.

(1525 20th St. NW)-- Revelers crammed their way onto the Metro employing a mix of standard shouts and that familiar campaign slogan. "Double up!" one woman yelled as if it were a normal commute day. That didn't seem so persuasive, so she took a more proven route: "Yes we can!" and that did the trick.

-- Ian Shapira

6:24 a.m.
(3rd and C St. NW) -- As the crowd that now stretches north about four blocks awaits to be let on the Capitol grounds in about 50 minutes, a wave of singing begins.

A small group of Howard University students began singing songs from musicals such as "A Whole New World" from Alladin and Rent's "Seasons of Love." Then many voices joined in as the crowd, as in a wave, began singing "Lift Every Voice". By the time the crowd reached "true to our God, true to our native land" black, brown and white fists were in the air.

The biggest chorus of voices joined in on "The Star Spangled Banner" as voices bounced off the concrete barriers on both sidewalks.

-- Keith Alexander

By Washington Post staff  |  January 20, 2009; 6:24 AM ET
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