So what I am trying to do is edit two songs separately while they are open in the same project
For example, I try deleting part of one song, and the same part of the other song deletes as well… which I do not want to happen
Is there any way to keep both songs open but only edit one of them at a time?
I’m assuming that you have the two songs in the same project but on different tracks, right?
you could slide the second song along the timeline with the Time Shift tool -see: http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/Tools_Toolbar
or you shoul;d be able just to selct audio from within one track by clicking and dragging sideways ony - its the downward/upward dragging that includes audio from the other track(s)
You could record one song after the other - in 1.2 you would need to use Pause rather than Stop at the end of the first song - in 1.3 you can use Append Record (you should really be using 1.3.13 anyway - 1.2 is no longer maintained or upfdated and is ancient now).