You can practice this technique by doing Objectwriting.com by Pat Pattison. Everyday this web-site gives you a word to write about using all your sensory information. People post what they write. This is excellent practice for writing better song lyrics. So, on your off days instead of writing a song, practice 10 minutes of object writing.
It was the Images, Sounds, Tastes, Smells, and Touch that kept you reading that great book. And it was the lack of examples that made it so difficult to read the textbook. Don’t allow your lyric writing to become textbook style abstractions; you will have a very hard time captivating listeners with a style that is lacking in concrete images.
The more you can paint a picture with your lyrics using the senses, the more it will draw listeners in, so that they will almost instinctually be compelled to listen deeply to the whole song.
A great technique to help you achieve this is to write all your lyrics twice. Write them the first time in whatever way they emerge from that burning volcano of creativity within. Then go back and check your lyrics line-by-line and replace any abstract phrases with concrete examples that you can See, Hear, Touch, Taste, or Smell.
Additionally, there are two other senses that are important. They are: the Organic Sense, which includes the internal body feelings, like an ache in the back or butterflies in the stomach; and the Kinesthetic Sense, which has to do with the feeling of body motion in relation to the world, like your stomach dropping when jumping off a high step, or feeling the motion on an accelerating subway train.
Here are two short examples to demonstrate these different styles of lyric writing:
1: Abstract Lyrics
It’s so lonely without you here
My mind’s confused and my thoughts unclear
2: Rewritten in a Poetic, Sensuous, or Picturesque style
I float through the dark on an iceberg bed
Sea sick as waves of perfume haunt my head
It could easily be argued that these two sections make exactly the same statement. However, the second example, due to its use of sensual rather than abstract ideas, contains many more layers of meaning. A symbol often has dozens of connotations, and multiple meanings, whereas an abstract statement usually only contains one denotation, which may be precise and clear, but usually lacks the depth needed to touch a heart, set a mood, or inspire passion.
The manner in which we weave the sensory information of symbols and images together will often determine the unique character, personality, and depth of our lyric writing.