This powerful melody, which the Rebbe taught on May 1, 1954, describes the powerful thirst for spirituality that one feels when finding oneself destitute—the thirst that everyone, whether scholar or layman, feels on his or her own level.
Composition of this song is attributed to the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. The tune, reflecting the meaning of its words, express the craving of the soul for its maker.
Prior to teaching the melody, the Rebbe explained the verse: "When there is a thirst for G‑dliness, the actual thirst for spirituality quenches, in part, the spiritual desire to connect to a Higher source, for as the founder of chassidism, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, said, 'In the place where a person's will is, there he is found.'" As such, the one who thirsts to be in G‑d's presence is already in fact there.