id like to be able to write words at parts of the track

text insert would be great, like this?

or is there some kind of marker tool that text can be added to?

You can create a label track (or multiple label tracks if required). Typing Ctll+B will drop a marker with a text box at the current cursor position and Ctrl+M will drop a similar marker at the current playback or recording position.

A label track will be automatically opened for you the first time in a prject when you use Ctrl+B or Ctrl+M.

See this page in the 1.3 manual:


Perhaps the “Karaoke” command would also be of interest to you:

oh great! howd I overlook that?? this is gonna savea bit of time and paper working on composition in audacity