Musicians often aren't brilliant with using language and their communication skills in general, which is why so many song lyrics default to cliches.
On the other hand, songwriters who come from a more literary background (Lou Reed, Morrissey, John Anderson, Robert Calvert, Peter Hammill, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Mick Farren all spring to mind for a start) can knock out a set of lyrics a lot faster.
It's that, but remember that J Lennon and Mick were no slouches in that department, not that they were match to those you mention. Just speaking to facility. They read a good bit, too, if their choice not being quite to the level of the others.
Dylan got away with inability to sing by way of using words and especially themes to make that into a musically viable and commercially salable persona, and being one of the very few 'great story tellers' who used the five chords and their infinite shuffling as good as anybody else, in his day, and of course a natural understanding of melody, which can provide forever, no matter what chords behind it.
Remember the Ray Davies discussion, too. From what I've read, some good bit of these songs were started by the lyrics. For these guys, just throw a few chords together behind it, and hope a good melody comes to it.
The reason I couldn't write anything (just musically) is because it flew by my head so fast I could never catch it.
Nature's way of telling me "You Are A Great Listener Of Music. You Must Spread The Word About Charles Ives And Anton Webern."
(Me) "What?! Me? You ARE kidding, right?"
Oh yes, but anyway I was also speaking to how hard it can be to finalise the music sometimes, no matter how musically or lyrically adept the songwriter.
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