How can I make parts in songs in lilypond? I am typsetting a leadsheet that also shows an 'Intro' Melody, has a Verse part etc and I want to mark that up in lilypond. A bit like "Verse", "Chorus" and "PC" in this example (Doesn't necessarily have the frames around).

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You can use rehearsal marks.

So just add something like this to your code:

\mark\markup{\bold\box "Verse 1"}

You'll get something like: First bar with rehearsal mark

If you really want the rehearsal mark to appear below the tempo indication (like in your image above), you will have to change the priority before you add the rehearsal mark:

\override Score.RehearsalMark.outside-staff-priority = #0
\mark\markup{\bold\box "Verse 1"}

First bar with rehearsal mark - below tempo

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