I was never into country at all, but now I find myself playing 2 Dwight songs in the band and loving it (Fast as You, Guitars Cadillacs).
I find lyrics the hardest part of writing. I throw away probably 99% of the lyrics I write. They just seem trite and hackneyed or I am just repeating myself.I was always amazed at the wordplay that Lennon and McCartney did. Stuff like Mean Mr Mustard and Polythene Pam
Mean Mister Mustard sleeps in the park
Shaves in the dark trying to save paper
Sleeps in a hole in the road
Saving up to buy some clothes
Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose
Such a mean old man
She came in through the bathroom window
Protected by a silver spoon
But now she sucks her thumb and wanders
By the banks of her own lagoon
My brain just doesn't think that way, which is why my lyrics are a "see the Moon, shining in June" crap!
I always leave them to last. Write the music first, see how it makes me feel and try to write lyrics that would be appropriate to that feel. I like writing in minor keys so a lot of my lyrics turn out to be "dark" and depressing.