But I am still alive, in love and wide-eyed in my time
Not a mummy shrinking in its cloths

from Why? – Fatalist Palmistry Lyrics on Rap Genius


A mummy is ancient, stiff and meant to be eternally preserved from the moment of its death onward. It is eternally stuck at the end of its life, unlike our narrator. He is alive, quite capable of emotion (‘in love’) and interested in the world around him, if a bit naive about it (‘wide-eyed’) — and he lives in the here and now, ‘in [his] time’.

In short,

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