And all of those chains and the bracelets are symbols of that
For which our souls yearn
Strip it all away and what you face is we're trying to touch happy
Before we touch the earn

from Brother Ali – Begin Here Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

All the materialistic items we grasp (e.g., jewelery) are really just an unsuccessful way we try to feel joy (touch happiness) before we die (touch the urn).

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