Originally Posted by Billly
I've written a lot of my favorite songs in first person and I feel over use of it gives off a feeling of self absorbedness and close-mindedness
i dunno - not every song about 'me' is about me, of course. more important, though, is the sense of immediacy or urgency that comes from singing 'I' did/felt something, rather than 'he' did. 'i loved her' is generally more grabbing than 'he loved her' - unless you're using it to say something about the 'he' character, rather than about the love or the 'her' character.
i'll use third person (or even second person) when i'm trying to imply the existence of multiple actors in a story. but otherwise, why go out of your way to put another degree of separation between the listener and the emotional content of the song, especially when, as you imply, it is against your natural tendency as a songwriter?