Re: Song writing?
I think a significant part of writing good lyrics (which is, of course, diferent than song writing) is knowing how to sing them. That gives you a lot of freedom and you are not constrained to a certain amount of syllables or a certain rhyme scheme.
Another thing to remember is that lyrics don't always have to make sense, if done right. Look at any good lyricist, and you'll find that the lyrics are often very cryptic. This also gives you a loy more freedom with what to write. For example (Ballad of a Thin Man - Bob Dylan):
Well, the sword swallower, he comes up to you
And then he kneels
He crosses himself
And then he clicks his high heels
And without further notice
He asks you how it feels
And he says, here is your throat back
Thanks for the loan
I don't know what to think with this set of lyrics, particularly the last two lines, but they work great just the same.
"You know whats the rage this year? ...Hats."