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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: 2017 Inductee Jeff Lynne (L) of ELO performs onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. The event will broadcast on HBO Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET/PT (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Electric Light Orchestra: “Don’t Bring Me Down”

The Hook: Sometimes a word is just a sound.

Album: Discovery

Year: 1979

Writer: Jeff Lynne

Stats: A gold single in the U.S., “Don’t Bring Me Down” stands as ELO’s biggest American hit. It reached number-four in Billboard and spent 11 weeks in the Top 40.

The Background: In the chorus, Jeff Lynne sings the title followed by a word that many people thought was “Bruce.” It wasn’t. Drummer Bev Bevan has the explanation.

Bev Bevan explains the mystery word in The Electric Light Orchestra song “Don’t Bring Me Down.” OC:…lovely word, gros. :17

“The whole thing is built ’round the drum groove, that’s all it is. Lyrically, it’s nonsense cause it’s got that gros thing. People say ‘bruce,’ but actually, it’s gros. It’s a German word, basically means ‘greetings.’ It doesn’t make any sense — ‘don’t bring me down, greetings!’ It’s just a lovely word, Grrrrrross!”