carry a tune

carry a tune

to be able to sing accurately For such a complicated song they should at least find someone who can carry a tune.
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carry a tune

Accurately sing a melody, as in Dean loves to listen to music but he can't carry a tune. [Early 1800s]
See also: carry, tune
References in classic literature ?
Jenny is named for a singer and Fanny for a beautiful dancer, but mother says they're both misfits, for Jenny can't carry a tune and Fanny's kind of stiff- legged.