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General formatting

The structure of a song must dictate a lyric’s format and structure. When transcribing lyrics, it is important to separate the lyrical sections and changes within a song with line and section breaks. All lyric lines must be single-spaced and a double space must separate each stanza.

If unsure when to input a line or section break, some common identifiers are:

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A defined chorus, verse, intro, bridge, or hook

Changes in the song tempo

Changes in how the artist delivers the lyrics (from singing to rapping)

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Capitalization

Capitalization in your lyrics must follow traditional grammar rules. Proper nouns must be capitalized. Additionally, all lyric lines must begin with a capital letter.

Here are examples of words that must be capitalized:

Divinity and religious intricacies (“God,” “You,” “Him,” “Your” in religious songs)

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Acronyms (NASA, FBI)

Geographical location (East Coast, Southside, etc.)

Title casing

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The first letter of the first word contained in parentheses

Brand names

Punctuation

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There must be no periods or commas at the end of any lyric line. Exclamation points, question marks, and quotation marks must be the only end-line punctuation and must be included as needed. Within the line, it is most important to follow traditional grammar rules.

Hyphens: dropped words, spelled out words, and acronyms (L-Y-R-I-C-S)

Parentheses: background vocals must be wrapped in parentheses at the end of a line, with the first letter capitalized

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Apostrophe: for certain slang and contractual modifications (‘Rari for Ferrari)

Repeated lines

The lyrics must match the audio. If a line is repeated, it must be written out.

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Correct:

Until you respect me and my dogs

I’ll keep barking up the wrong tree

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I’ll keep barking up the wrong tree

I’ll keep barking up the wrong tree

I’ll keep barking up the wrong tree

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Incorrect:

Until you respect me and my dogs

I’ll keep barking up the wrong tree

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(Repeat x3)

Spoken word

Currently, spoken word/conversational content within a song must not be transcribed.

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Non-word vocal sounds

Non-word vocals must be transcribed sparingly and only if they add to the content of the song, either narratively or stylistically.

Improvised scatting is considered instrumental content and must not be transcribed.

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Non-lyrical, or harmonious non-word vocal sounds, must be transcribed.

For example: “ooh,” “ah,” “whoa,” as well as onomatopoeia such as “burr” or “skrrt.”

Do not include computer-generated sound effects in lyrics (door slamming, car horn, phone ringing, etc.)

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Clean and explicit lyrics

The term “clean” must only be used if there is an available corresponding explicit version of the track. In clean lyrics, dropped and edited content must be represented with asterisks.

If the track is explicit, all explicit language must be transcribed as it is heard in the audio:

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Audio: ”I’m the motherfvcking man”

Lyrics: I’m the motherfvcking man

Partially or fully censored words must be completely starred out with asterisks:

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Audio: ”I’m the mother(bleeped out) man”

Lyrics: I’m the **** man

Audio: ”I’m the (bleeped out) man”

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Lyrics: I’m the **** man

Time-sync

At this time, the time-synced lyrics is a feature that is implemented at Apple’s editorial discretion. lyrics is a feature that is implemented at Apple’s editorial discretion.

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Dr. Bawumia Launches E-Travel Card to facilitate cashless disbursement of traveling expenses of public officials

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The Government of Ghana on Friday, 4th February, 2022 launched an E-Travel Card which seek to facilitate cashless disbursement of traveling expenses and allowances of public officials.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana

The official launching of the E-Travel Card was spearheaded by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia  at the 2022 Annual Conference of Controller and Accountant General’s Department at the University of Cape Coast.

As stated earlier in my first paragraph, the e-Travel Card is to facilitate cashless disbursement of traveling expenses and allowances of public officials.

According to Dr. Bawumia, this innovative initiative forms part of government’s Digitalization agenda aimed at building a cashless economy.

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The E-Travel Card

More importantly, the e-Traveling Card is to ensure proper accountability, effective monitoring, control and avoid risks of carrying cash.

The launch saw in attendance the Central Regional Minister, Hon. Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, Second Lady Samira Bawumia and Management of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department.

Hon. Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan – Central Regional Minister


In a detailed explanation to the E-Travel Card, Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia wrote;

Since Independence, public officials are provided cash for their imprest when they travel. This system has many associated problems including the risks of carrying cash, fraud in the disbursement of imprest, the increasing use of cashless payment channels in many jurisdictions, ineffective monitoring and controls, etc.

Today, that era is coming to an end with my launch of the e-Travel Card to facilitate the cashless disbursement of travel allowance and other payments for local and foreign trips of public officials. All officials will be issued with the e-Travel card and their imprest and per diem for travel will automatically be put on the card for use.

The e-Travel Card is expected to deliver several benefits, including the elimination of the risk of carrying cash; transparency and ease of accountability; timely retirement of accountable Imprest; and improved monitoring and controls of budgetary allocations for official travels to avoid overspending.

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The era of cash for travel in the public sector will soon be over, bringing further transparency and accountability in the use of public funds.

Source: Sintim Media

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