I once said to a sound engineer at a party (after too much wine) that "it's all about the lyrics for me. The music is a necessary evil!" Maybe a little bit of an exaggeration but my love of lyrics makes them first and foremost in my songs. I read leonard Cohen's biographya couple of years ago and was greatly comforted by the fact he was firstly a poet and secondly a musician. I am currently nearing completion of my third album, and believe it will be a great improvement on my first two albums "songs wot i wrote" and "wot more songs?".
I always know when I've struck gold with a lyric. I get a tear in my eye and lose my voice!