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In Underdog, a song by Kasabian, I have some difficulties to understand the meaning of

Kill me if you dare


Hold my head up everywhere

  • Is it an ellipsis for "I hold my head up everywhere", meaning that I won't look down
  • or is it "Kill me and hold my head up", meaning you kill me and you show my cut head on a spike, like in medieval age?

Keep myself right on this train

What does this mean?

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closed as off topic by Jasper Loy, Mr. Shiny and New 安宇, Robusto, simchona, z7sg Ѫ Nov 22 '11 at 1:53

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Lyrics and poems are hard to interpret without the full context. There are sometimes metaphors involved that are obscure unless the rest of the song/poem is considered. – Irene Nov 21 '11 at 19:29
True, but these 3 sentences make the full 1st verse. I don't have more context. – rds Nov 21 '11 at 19:54
Criticism and analysis are off-topic as per the FAQ – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Nov 21 '11 at 19:59
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 The FAQ says "Criticism, discussion, and analysis of English literature" are "out of scope" but the question is not about literature. – jwpat7 Nov 21 '11 at 21:44
@jwpat7: I'd say interpreting poetry and lyrics falls under that rule. – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Nov 21 '11 at 22:22
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I think that the second line of this song is an ellipsis for : I ('ll) hold my head up everywhere. I take this to mean I will keep my pride, or something along these lines.

As for the third line, it looks like the speaker has chosen a particular course of action and is not going to change it, that's what the train can be interpreted as. There is no idiom involved, at least not that I know of.

All this with many reservations.

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