Stopped at me and asked why so sad
Perhaps because they had taken what I had
I'm sure it wasn't much to them but it was all that I could grab
The “me” of this verse has been lynched, so by taking his life his murderers had “taken what (he) had.” His life wasn’t worth much to the people who lynched him—obviously—but it was all he “could grab” because most likely he was a poor, black, southern dude, unable to amass riches.
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