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Dont Bring Me Down Lyrics

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra


You got me runnin' goin' out of my mind,
You got me thinkin' that I'm wastin' my time.
Don't bring me down,no no no no no,
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down.

You wanna stay out with your fancy friends.
I'm tellin' you it's go to be the end,
Don't bring me down,no no no no no no no no,
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down.

Don't bring me down,grroosss
Don't bring me down,grroosss
Don't bring me down,grroosss
Don't bring me down.

What happend to the girl I used to known,
You let your mind out somewhere down the road,
Don't bring me down,no no no no no,
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down.

You're always talkin' 'bout your crazy nights,
One of these days you're gonna get it right.
Don't bring me down,no no no no no,
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down.

Don't bring me down,grroosss
Don't bring me down,grroosss
Don't bring me down,grroosss
Don't bring me down.

You're lookin' good just like a snake in the grass,
One of these days you're gonna break your glass.
Don't bring me down,no no no no no no no no,
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down.

You got me shakin' got me runnin' away
You get me crawlin' up to you everyday,
Don't bring me down,no no no no no,
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down.
Comments/Interpretations
by MANY on 5/24/2008 12:37am
I LOVE THIS SONG!
by Beechnut on 5/26/2008 1:47pm
I always thought it was "Proust", a reference to a fine French author, ratrher than "grooss" which is .... what?
by Rebecca on 5/31/2008 9:09am
I agree with the comment that it is 'Proust' instead of 'grooss'. ELO frequently use french in their songs which would explain the use of the french author, where as 'grooss' is not much of a word. Oh yeah..great song too.
by Robi on 6/4/2008 5:30am
Well, i thought it was 'Bruce'!!!!
by gerb on 6/8/2008 6:37pm
I thought it was bruce too!! hahaha
by Ashli on 6/10/2008 10:15pm
It is in fact "Groos" which is a word that the band made up, but after it was widely mistaken as "Bruce!" ELO actually began to sing "bruce" at their live performances.
by Rich on 6/11/2008 8:18am
I've got the original LP with the lyrics in and it's "Grooss"

This is thought to come from a German greeting (Gruss got??) - the album was rcorded in Munich.

Later, the band apparrently changed the lyrics and started singing "Bruce" in concert!
by german on 6/15/2008 6:45pm
it's "Grüß Gott!"
by a person on 6/20/2008 8:03pm
i first heard this song right before it ended and i still liked it! great song
by dustin on 7/1/2008 11:27am
Oh my! I thought that it was Bruce too, silly me!!!
by chantel on 7/4/2008 12:38pm
OOOMMMMGGGGG I THOUGT IT WAS BRUCE TOOO!!!! HOW FRICKING CRAZY!!!!!!! BBBRRRRUUUCCCCCEEEE.
by a radio gaga on 7/12/2008 12:03am
i thought he said bruce as well... i imagined this song as a great opener for a comedy where an unkempt man finds himself being hit on by men in leather at a gay bar.
by simian on 8/3/2008 1:44pm
it's gruss lol, which is german for greetings as in gruss gott- the album was recorded in munich
by Steve on 9/13/2008 9:07am
I have always known it was Grroosss
and get annoyed with people thinking its Bruce!
by Seriously on 9/23/2008 9:47pm
Steve needs help if he is that easily annoyed. Brrrruce is way funnier than some German greeting. I'm sticking with Bruce! Munich Shmoonich!
by elo fanatic on 9/28/2008 7:43pm
whats up ur butt stevo
take a chill man
by Spacey on 11/2/2008 8:00am
I thought it was bruce too! WTF is a grroosss?
by In the know on 11/15/2008 10:16am
its Bruce!

had album and lyrics.
by James Bond!!!!!!!!! on 11/18/2008 7:55pm
does it really matter? lay off steve, people are allowed to have pet peeves.
by lol on 12/7/2008 9:31am
its a good song, it doesn't even matter what the lyrics are, just sing it at the top of your lungs (even if you make a fool of yourself like i did yellin BRUCEEE!) and if it really bothers you that much then just go away, cause the rest of us are just enjoying the song
by little one on 12/9/2008 3:51pm
i agree with lol, just enjoy the freakin' song steve! it is a great song.
by Insert name here on 12/28/2008 2:20am
Wow. People get overly hyped out whether it's "Proust", "Grooos", or "Bruce".
I didn't know everyone had to sing something the same way other people did.
by rockfan5 on 1/2/2009 8:56pm
i always thought it was just a high pitched voice like"ahhhhhhhh"
by penny lane on 1/4/2009 5:51pm
steve, bruce,
dont bring me down
by sean on 1/14/2009 4:44pm
i thought it was bruce too
by john on 1/20/2009 5:39am
Thought it was grrooss...brruuuce,,,ahhh... BruGroossce
by ACDC on 1/20/2009 12:14pm
my friend likes this song...he is 12...me and him sing it a lot
by ACDC on 1/20/2009 12:17pm
my friend loves this song...he is 12 his name is grant and he thought that groos whas bruce too we sing it a lot
by Scott on 2/18/2009 10:29pm
It definitely sounds like Bruce but it is sung to a girl so that's why I was curious ty for clearing it up.
by Kyle on 3/19/2009 7:51pm
Wow i thought that it was bruce too which made me question the lead singer sexuality. but now im faced with a new question, what the hell is grooss?
by Lori Gale on 3/21/2009 1:52pm
It's actually Truce, as in let's call it even. I know Jeff BerLynn
by Karen Bricker on 4/14/2009 11:36pm
I thought it was Bruce also.
by bruce on 4/22/2009 8:37pm
its bruce
by Rice on 6/20/2009 10:54pm
I think you can all be corect and ELO might have changed the lyrics multiple times.
by a golfer on 8/2/2009 9:10pm
ur exactly ryt Rice
by Curious on 8/10/2009 3:37pm
So, if I use this song for a theme of a character named Bruce, i'd be madly retarded? sigh.
by Mr. Crazy on 9/4/2009 11:07pm
i think truce makes sence but i too thought it was bruce! lol
by by ???? on 9/14/2009 7:08pm
Wow, I thought it was Ruth!
by Rusty Shackelford on 11/2/2009 2:30pm
you all bring me down talking about it
by person on 11/2/2009 6:08pm
and I thought it was just me who wasn't sure what they were saying

But now that I listen to it again, it definitly sounds like grooss
by Mr. Big on 11/9/2009 3:05pm
Excellent name Rusty dale is my favorite
by Mr.fan on 11/14/2009 12:41pm
Es uno de mis grupos preferidos desde hace muchos ańos, su musica es superior a la época en que la hicieron por todos esos sonidos tan especiales que incluyen en todas sus canciones.
by ELOfan on 11/15/2009 1:38pm
I have a friend named Bruce and would sing it to him that way. Guess I cant anymore...
by i'm a idot on 12/12/2009 9:27pm
that song rockes my mom sied it suckes
by Jolene on 12/17/2009 8:57am
I always thought it was "giirrllss" my kids always argue it's "truce" and "bruce"....so what is it? LOL
by livinlifenow on 12/28/2009 7:26am
it would have been so much easier if they had just sung "Ruth"
by spencer on 1/14/2010 12:48pm
this is wrong. its not " gross". its Bruce. Granted I dont know why its bruce, but it is.
by rick on 1/17/2010 7:46pm
you mean he not singing about a tree. I thought it was Spruce.
by hah on 1/19/2010 1:11am
I'm stickin with bruce cause its the most fun to sing :D
by old gruntee on 1/23/2010 7:58am
That song causes me great consternation as Bruce, as it seems to me to be, is the name of my aged father. Someone invited me to an ELO rehearsal in Wimbledon, London 1975, and I declined. So it gets me awfully concerned as playing 1970s ELO today in Australia today is really poignant.
by Old Gruntee on 1/23/2010 8:00am
Australia being 'Down Under".
by Reneeee on 1/24/2010 10:08pm
I believe this was Kurt Cobain's favorite song when he was 12.

:)
by Old Grunteee on 1/26/2010 4:48am
What did Kurt Cobain think of the ELO song The Diary of Horace Wimp?
by Furious Stylz on 2/12/2010 1:06am
My wife and I are rolling from this thread. Two years and it's still going. Thank for sending us to bed laughing.
by Big Jim & the Twins on 2/12/2010 10:24am
How is it that no one can cite a reference and say for sure what the lyric is? Don't bring me down! Oh yeah, what the H does this mean? you're gonna break your glass
by mike on 2/26/2010 5:32pm
so why are they singing Bruce, grooss, spruce, or any derivitive.
by Howman on 3/1/2010 10:59pm
I think it's funny if you sing Bruce and roll the r. Go on, try it! It's fun! Don't bring me down, Brrrruce!
by Ian Vidious on 3/5/2010 8:12am
I heard the rrrroling of Rs was a genetic trait only possible for some people's tongues, not all tongues.Must be more than an aesthetic fill-in word tho don't you think?
by Bruce on 3/9/2010 8:28am
I thought it was douche...
by howy on 3/10/2010 2:11pm
wtf i though it was bruce also and how do u mistake it for douche?
by liizie on 3/22/2010 10:41pm
it is bruce. there was an interview where the singer stated that he added it cause he thought it sounded cool, it was written, it was an ad-lib.
by Kevin on 3/24/2010 9:21pm
I listen to the song all the time and never even noticed that Brrrrruce part of the song until now.
by Ryan on 4/14/2010 6:53pm
I just thought it was "Don't bring me downnn, whoop."
by jaydubb on 4/24/2010 5:25am
who really gives a shit what their saying? Jam the song when it comes on and say whatever you want.
by weed on 4/28/2010 5:43pm
grooss is a german greeting
by Richter on 5/4/2010 2:59pm
You peeps bust me up. Who gives a rats a$$! Although, its been 2 yrs shouldn't someone have proof by now? But that would end the fun, huh?
by mtv proof on 5/11/2010 11:10am
I saw an interview on MTV with ELO. They said originally, they used a word the band made up "grooss". They later changed the lyric to Bruce and sang it to band member Bruce.
by dan and stace on 5/29/2010 2:29pm
totally! we thought it was brrruuuuce too! that's crazy, does everybody look at this for the same reason? bruce, gross neither makes much fricken sense strange!!!!!!
by Joe on 6/10/2010 6:25pm
I thought it was Ruth. Don't bring me down, Ruth. Gross, grips, bruce, all sounds stupid
by George on 6/22/2010 1:58pm
I always thought it said "Cooch". Oh well
by beall on 6/22/2010 10:56pm
get a life
by ZMRD on 7/7/2010 3:48pm
Nemyslím si, že by tento člověk, kterého ti právě teď ukazuji na obrázku, dokázal to, co už před lety pravidelně dělali obyvatelé mého města. Přesto ti ale věřím a doufám, že přijmeš mé pozvání na večírek a přivedeš s sebou i svou novou přítelkyni společně s jejími kamarádkami. Na této oslavě bude k mání spoustu jídla a pití, časopisy, noviny, knížky, obrazy, hudební nosiče, ale i zvířata nebo počítače. Zkrátka všechno, na co si vzpomeneš a co si dokážeš vůbec představit. Proto ti radím, abys určitě neváhal a přišel se trochu pobavit a zažít dobrodružství.
by Rocker on 7/10/2010 1:00pm
Um. It IS Bruce.......
by BRUCE on 7/13/2010 9:28pm
It is fucking bruce u people shut the hell up its bruce. lol. the end! its bruce!!! shutup!!! BRUCE IS IT!!!!! BRUCE!!!!
by Jack on 7/14/2010 11:45am
To zní jako docela stranou. Určitě mají smysl pro dobrodružství a rád bych se s ní setkal a její přítel, je-li jiná dívka. Nemyslím si, že zvířata mě zajímají, ale kdo ví? Zahrňte mě vaše plány. Poor Bruce, he has a complex now.
by Chexter on 7/15/2010 3:42pm
Jack and ZMRD - where the hell did you get a keyboard that does all that stuff?!
BTW - I'm sure it's Bruce...
by gimpy!! on 7/19/2010 9:09pm
ya seriously where do u get a keyboard dat does all dat weird crap n i always thought it was o wooohhoo!!well dats how i sing it at least i mean all your predictions r stupid n im 13 n gimpy n gimpys dat r 13 r like always correct lolz.
by carm on 7/20/2010 10:46am
My boyfriend and I argued all night about this stupid word. Since I was a kid I could swear it was "priss", and he says Bruce.
Either way, I'll sing it my way and he'll sing his. I'd love to hear this at karaoke to hear other interpretations!!!
by candie on 8/1/2010 2:42pm
I have the whole album and this is my fave song
by Butch on 8/14/2010 11:36pm
grooss
by hard on on 9/9/2010 1:19pm
fuck you steve piece of shit faggot
by Patti on 9/20/2010 10:52pm
my husband is a Bruce, his and his friends have sang it with "Bruce" since the 80's
by Sy Simms on 10/5/2010 9:07am
All these years I thought it was "Roose," kind of a lisp sound for "Ruth." I am now educated. And, an educated consumer is ELO's best cutomer.
by Dana on 10/28/2010 7:14pm
Wow.....all this info.....I am not sure it matters....but enjoy the song....it is a great one!
by Jocylen on 11/1/2010 6:37pm
I always thought Bruce also. These comments made me curious. Wikipedia refers to the book below and says:A common mondegreen in the song is the perception that, following the title line, Jeff Lynne shouts "Bruce!" However, according to liner notes, he is actually saying a made-up word "Grroosss". This is similar to a German word for "greeting", Gruß, possibly referring to the Austrian and Bavarian greeting Grüß Gott that the group would have heard while recording the album in Munich. However, after the song's release, so many people had misinterpreted the word as "Bruce" that Jeff Lynne actually began to sing the word as "Bruce" for fun at live shows it's in this book:“Wild, David. "The Story of a Rock and Roll Band and the Pop Genius Who Dared to Go Baroque." So, you are all kind of right ;)
by bigger hard on on 11/7/2010 6:59am
grroooss
u faggots
by Groos on 11/15/2010 8:36pm
Hilarious.
by Jazmine on 12/25/2010 10:34am
I read every single comment! So funny! Let's all give love to one another. Merry Christmas! I'll be singing 'Don't bring me down, Bruce!'
by Brenda on 1/4/2011 1:09pm
Wow..that's pretty good. I always sing it as "douche" but I knew that wasn't it. I just didn't know what it was!!!
by cum to me on 1/11/2011 11:25pm
Bruce, spruce, ruth, it was always hard to tell. Who cares, sing it the way you want to. If you're going too that is. I know I'm not going too...... Bruce.
by Third year of comments on 1/26/2011 2:19pm
I just searched the lyrics for this song because I thought there was no way it could be "Bruce" and needed a final answer... happily I came across these hilarious comments and don't care that I didn't get my final answer. I wonder how many years we will be commenting??? I guess my vote is for BRUCE!... this is a democracy right?
by Benjamin Thomas on 2/11/2011 11:36pm
you fucked up the ltrics
by lindanjen on 2/27/2011 2:40pm
bruce gets my vote
by Laurie on 3/25/2011 11:35am
hilarious how one word in a song can get everyone going...the reason I came to this sight was to find out the word too hehehe
by autobyte on 4/7/2011 10:49pm
Thanks for all the laughs, I needed it. I feel much better now.
by Phil on 5/15/2011 12:55am
Bruce gets my vote as well.
Although it could be 'Spruce Goose' tada
by Ed on 5/27/2011 9:13pm
The first time i heard this song was when they first performed it on Saturday Night Live in 1979. It was one of the first albums I ever bought.
by steffen on 6/1/2011 8:13am
Its bruce u morons
by Im obviously right on 6/10/2011 8:47am
Its chaos and always will be:)
by Patti 2 on 6/19/2011 10:13am
I'm another Patti married to another Bruce! (hi to the previous one!)

My son just got Essential ELO for his dad for father's day, and my husband said "Why did they have to use the name Bruce?" so of course, I danced around the house singing this, one of my fave dance songs ever! Bruce!

So that's our vote!
by Daybreaker on 6/23/2011 10:23am
Yes, "grroosss" is the actual word (taken straight off the lyric sheet). Jeff Lynne says it's just a word he made up, although Mack (the German engineer who worked on this album) noted that it sounded kind of like the German word for "good morning."

Most folks who aren't avid ELO fans think it sounds like they're singing "Bruce". For that reason, when the song was performed live, Jeff would often sing "Bruce" instead.
by Gay song on 7/9/2011 7:42pm
It's Struce dont get hyped it's a gay song
by Blake on 7/23/2011 11:46pm
Tiffany is awesome
by Sooz on 8/19/2011 4:20am
It's "juice", isn't it?
by C Biscuit on 8/21/2011 6:22pm
I think, perchance they made that part of the song slightly slurred to leave it open to the interpretation of the next man. It is a beast that shifts from person to person, never having a precise form.
by PlukyDucky on 8/24/2011 2:25am
Its Bruce, I know its bruce because Im doing it for school and it SAYS BRUCE, DER GET IT RIGHT MORONS
by NorahandSarahBored@work on 10/22/2011 9:51am
We too sing Brrrruce, who cares if its grrrross, Brrrruce is so much more fun. I'm actually jamming it now while writing this thread. Don't bring me down, Brrruce.
by samdoodle on 11/20/2011 2:19pm
I thought it was douche.
by macintyre_33 on 11/28/2011 10:39am
NHL 12 & Super 8
by Ddoouugg on 12/8/2011 3:23pm
Whats a Bruce ?
by breakindabank on 12/11/2011 6:31pm
He was talking about some fat chick n just slurred the word gross......think about it
by BigtOnes on 2/25/2012 6:47am
And here it was thinking it Louis!
by Momma Mia on 3/13/2012 2:05pm
I still say it's BRUCE, too!!!!!!! LOL! I'm stickin' with BRUCE because I have a KICKASS, FUN friend named Bruce who lives in Chicago, so it reminds me of him!!! :o)
by Brandi on 4/25/2012 12:27am
A common mondegreen in the song is the perception that, following the title line, Jeff Lynne shouts "Bruce!" However, according to liner notes, he is actually saying a made-up word "Grroosss". This is similar to a German word for "greeting", Gruß, possibly referring to the Austrian and Bavarian greeting Grüß Gott - pronounced gryss - that the group would have heard while recording the album in Munich. However, after the song's release, so many people had misinterpreted the word as "Bruce" that Jeff Lynne actually began to sing the word as "Bruce" for fun at live shows.
by irony on 5/4/2012 3:04am
thats strange i always thought they were saying constantinople.
by Roy on 5/10/2012 1:48pm
I thought it was 'Ruth' haha.
by Sandy on 6/1/2012 2:41am
This song came on at work today and I sang very happily and loudly Don't bring me down Brrrrrrruce. Of course my workmates laughed hysterically, but I just continued on because I KNEW it was Bruce, and then off and on all day it became the lol. Hence my intrigue with my talent of generally interpreting a lot of lyrics wrongly, and sneaking a peak about this latest one. It continues to make me laugh and be happy. Rock on ELO!!! I DONT CARE.
by Ahkbar on 12/9/2012 4:41pm
According to the liner notes of the ELO compilation Flashback, he is saying the German word "GruĂź," as in the expression "GrĂĽĂź Gott." The lyrics are written on the back of the album as "groosss". After the song's release, so many people had misinterpreted the word as "Bruce" that Lynne actually began to sing the word as "Bruce" for fun at live shows.
by thomas79 on 12/17/2012 8:12pm
its dont bring me down ruse or rouse always was. means dont bring me down deceiver =To cause to believe what is not true; mislead. 2. Archaic To catch by guile; ensnare. v.intr. 1. To practice deceit. 2.
by ELO Fan on 2/16/2013 1:56pm
Its Grroosss! end of! it's not a feckin Vote! thats how Jeff Wrote it! so live with it! bastardising MF'S
by ELO----BRILL on 6/12/2013 9:16am
I thought it was goose
by moose on 7/1/2013 10:43pm
Goose Bruce loose truth Ruth!! To each his own! But I actually came on this site an accident cause I was trying to figure out what he says. Now I know that nobody knows for sure lol

by Cyd on 7/13/2013 9:53pm
Thanks for all the laughs, people. I am old enough to have heard this song when it first came out and I even thought it was 'Bruce'. Never questioned it because the rest of the lyrics didn't always make sense either. But DOUCHE?!? I am still laughing!!! Great singin' in the car LOUD song.


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