Can’t Carry a Tune in a Bucket

I knew the expression is used to describe an inability to follow a tune when singing, but was hoping I’d learn something fascinating about when or where it originated. No such luck. All I found were references such as quora.com that tell me there are several versions, such as “couldn’t carry a tune in a basket.” It is somewhat interesting that some receptacle, such as a bucket or basket, is needed “to carry a tune.”

 

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