Ive heard the phrase singing a sad tune, but I was wondering if there are any for suitable alternatives to singing. Ive thought of crooning, but that doesn’t sound right...

“It kinda sounds like I’m ____ a sad tune.”

  • Something like lamenting...or mewling? (See #50, "Trouble" - Coldplay: medium.com/@NathanStevens/…) Hmm, it's a toughie. BTW, you may get words that aren't so sad (in of themselves) because you already have sad in your example sentence. Good luck. – KannE Mar 2 '19 at 23:50
  • Being that words are made up every day, I might suggest "I'm dirging a sad tune" – J. Taylor Mar 3 '19 at 0:07
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    1826 T. Hood She is far from Land in Whims & Oddities 76 Waves oversurging her, Syrens a-dirgeing her. – lbf Mar 3 '19 at 2:00
  • This may works for you : english.stackexchange.com/questions/282227/… – Eilia Mar 3 '19 at 16:27

Before I saw your sample sentence, I was going to give you


which is a sad song, and a bit old-fashioned. But after reading your sample sentence, I can offer several synonyms for the verb to sing that some degree of sadness might fit better into:

  • intone

  • whine

  • yodel

  • belt

  • moan

But my intuition tells me what you're really looking for is a slightly different sentence:

It kind sounds like I'm singing the blues today.

That is a modern way of expressing exactly what I think you are after.


Others have already pointed out that the song would likely be a melancholic dirge similar to those chanted at a funeral. They may include sonic techniques such as “appoggiatura” frequently used in songs popularised by Adele.

Aappoggiatura are one form of "discord" and we may often describe those sounds as "discordant"

Other than chanting or possibly dirge-ing it would be difficult to use those words in the context of

“It kinda sounds like I’m ____ a sad tune.”

However I am going to plump for a common (but almost certainly incorrect) term

“It kinda sounds like I’m droning a sad tune.”

Droning is probably in reality the opposite of the emotive inflections that are are being used by the singer.However we are often left with that feeling the tone was downbeat.

On a light-hearted note :-) Sad fans may be found droning their sorrows after their match.


Maybe humming, belting out, or harmonizing?

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