Even on alt.banjo, songwriting is discussed:
“By now you have a story or concept, perhaps a message or two, and a bunch of ideas, metaphors, and phrases to create the song with. Look at them and consider new ways to say the same thing. Look at the lyrics of Rank Stranger for example. Instead of saying “when I was young” the lyrics say “in youth’s early dawn”. Great lyric!
Terrible. Give me “when I was young” any time.