Rabbi Ely Allen provided an example of lyrics illustrating the depth of Matisyahu’s music.
"King Without a Crown," from his first album, "Shake Off the Dust Arise," contains the words:
You’re all that I have and you’re all that I need
Each and every day I pray to get to know you please
I want to be close to you, yes I’m so hungry
You’re like water for my soul when it gets thirsty
Without you there’s no me
You’re the air that I breathe
This verse is about Matisyahu’s personal relationship with God, Allen said. The metaphor of water for his soul is also taken from a verse in Psalms comparing Torah to water. In the psalm, when a deer is parched, it goes to water; when the soul is parched, it goes to God. "It’s a very profound relationship with God," Allen said.