Thanks for your response.
I'm just a songwriter looking to grow in my craft. I'm trying to be more intentional about developing the the lyrical content of my songs, I've always been a music first, message second kind of a guy. I've developed my sound musically but now I want to grow in developing a strong message in my songs.
I'm just reaching out to see if there are really great songwriting communities and resources to grow.
Here's the first result of a Google search for online forums:https://www.google.ca/search?q=online+s ... ters+forum
You might find that talking to other people about it and sharing ideas and maybe even collaborating can jumpstart or inspire your songwriting, but my experience of online forums on songwriting is that they never go very deep. I suspect that songwriting is basically a solo exercise in discovery in most cases, and it's not something that you can learn from others. Maybe I'm wrong about that.
I think your best resource is existing recorded music. Listen to stuff you like. Not for the sake of copying it, but just to appreciate the beauty and flavor and style of good songwriters. Currently, for example, I'm a huge fan of people like Tom Waits and Jim White. (Interestingly, Tom Waits collaborates on lots of his stuff.) I just find myself paying attention to WHAT they're singing about while the music works its magic in the background. For me, that's a big marker of a great lyric.
I also think that, like novel writing, you have to 'find your voice'. Before you find your voice, you're putting words to music. When you find your voice, you're expressing a point of view in the song. It's not about the words primarily. It's about what the words do, what they express, how effectively they attract the attention of the listener.
And having said all THAT, I also think it's important to remember that in a song, words are just words, and music is king. Just the sound of them, just the sound of the voice, is as important as any intellectual meaning the words carry. Last night I attended a performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor. It was magnificent. One of the big sections is the Credo ('I believe') which outlines, in Latin, the essentials of the Nicene creed. I dipped in and out of the program notes during the performance, but basically I was listening to what it *sounded* like. Yeah, yeah - I get that when Bach put words to his stuff, it was a whole different kettle of fish than when Howlin' Wolf did it, but the principle's the same.