16. Lyrics

16-1 Lyrics Accuracy - Lyrics should accurately match the audio on the given track.

16-2 Missing Lyrics - Lyrics should contain all vocal content that is significant to the song, including sung lyrics and significant sampled vocal content.

16-3 Spoken Words in Lyrics - Spoken phrases that are integral to the song should be included in the Lyrics but extended spoken or conversational words should not.

16-4 Lyrics Format - Separate individual lyric lines with a single space.  Separate lyrical stanzas, significant musical changes and changes between major structural parts of the song (verse, chorus, pre-chorus, bridge, etc.) with a double space.

16-5 Lyrics Section Names - Do not label different sections of the lyrics (verse, chorus, etc.).

16-6 Background Vocals in Lyrics - Background vocals – those heard as secondary to the lead vocals in the foreground - may be added in parenthesis.  Example:

All the times that I've cried (Stay, stay)
Keeping all the things I knew inside (Stay)
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it (Why must you go and make this decision)

16-7 Lyrics Punctuation - Do not put periods or commas at the ends of lyric lines.  Single exclamation points or question marks may be used as needed at the ends of lyric lines.  Do not use exclamation points or question marks multiple times for emphasis.

16-9 Repeated Lyrics - Individually enter all repeated lyric lines.  Do not use “(Repeat)” or “x 3”.  Ellipses may be used to indicate repeated lines only during the fadeout at the end of a song.

16-10 Profanity in Lyrics - Profanity should be fully transcribed on explicit versions of songs.  On clean versions of explicit songs, censored or edited words should use asterisks for any part of the word that is made inaudible or masked (Example: “don’t give a f***”) or be completely replaced with asterisks if the entire word has been censored (Example: “don’t give a ****”).

16-11 Lyrics Transcription - Lyrics sung in different languages, even within the same song, should be transcribed accurately in the actual language.  Do not transcribe phonetically; use the language’s alphabet/script.

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