Dan Pallotta Shares “Couldn’t Make It Rhyme,” Folk Reflection on Emotional Unavailability and the Passage of Time

Folk singer-songwriter Dan Pallotta has a new release to share from his upcoming record, Winnebago Dreams (November 17th). “Couldn’t Make It Rhyme” took Pallotta 40 years to write and reflects on very personal themes. 

Narrative finger picked acoustic guitar is underscored by gentle accordion playing from Bryan Mitchell as Pallotta speaks of chasing an unavailable partner during his time spent in Los Angeles where he first pursued a career in music several decades ago.

The song further cements Pallotta’s collaboration with album contributors Soozie Tyrell of E Street Band fame on fiddle and bassist Tony Garnier, music director for Bob Dylan.

Listen to “Couldn’t Make It Rhyme” –

“Martin Luther King borrowed from a Unitarian minister when he said that, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.’ In the same way, the arc of recovery is long, but it bends toward fulfillment. Conversely, the arc of addiction can be short or long, but it bends toward tragedy,” the artist explains. 

“‘Couldn’t Make It Rhyme’ is about both arcs. It took me 40 years to write, and it could never have taken any less, because it took the story 40 years to play out. And much as we want our stories to play out more quickly—for the highway to wisdom to be short and fast—you cannot short cut it. It’s a song about someone with whom I was involved when I was very young. 

I used to be attracted to people who weren’t interested in me and would reject people who were. It wasn’t healthy and it took me a long time to learn another way of being in a relationship. It’s about what happened to me and what happened to him in my perspective on it all four decades later.“