"Credit Where Credit Is Due"
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©2006 Varèse Sarabande and Michael Giacchino

"Credit Where Credit Is Due" is an orchestral piece on the Season 1 soundtrack. Its closely-spaced arrangement for strings plays during emotional moments throughout the series, including every season one episode. In later seasons, variations play during action sequences as well.

Main appearance

Following the turbine explosion, the survivors run about the wreckage as Jack walks through it, still in disbelief. Approaching the fuselage, he looks inside and is immediately taken aback by the sight of a lifeless hand hanging in the wreckage. As he stands at the grim scene, Boone approaches him with pens for the tracheotomy he suggested. Jack accepts them with thanks and leaves Boone by the fuselage.

Looking through various articles of luggage, Jack manages to find a small sewing kit. Taking it and going away from the rest of the survivors, he takes off his jacket and shirts, examining the open wound in his side.

Full list of appearances

"Credit Where Credit Is Due" and its variations play during the following scenes.

3x22 HeadingToTheRadioTower
The Losties walk to the radio tower.
Moving on. The doors open for everyone who is ready.

Sheet music

Credit Where Credit is Due

A reduction of the main motif. It begins in A minor before changing key to D minor, a fourth higher. The piece is harmonically simple and utilises repeating phrases rather than more complex melodic ideas.


Besides its main theme, "Credit Where Credit Is Due" introduces its counterpoint.


Variations on the theme from "Credit Where Credit Is Due" appear in "Act Now, Regret Later", "Aloha", "Ana Cries", "Booneral", "Closure", "Can't Kill Keamy", "Crash and Yearn", "Crazy Town", "Departing Sun", "Dharma vs Lostaways", "Flying High," "The Four Amigos", "The Hole Shabang", "Jack's Swan Song", "Just Another Day on the Beach", "Just Die Already", "Locke v. Jack", "The Long Kiss Goodbye", "Maternity Hell", "Monster Eats the Pilot", "Moving On", "Naomi Phone Home", "Naval Gazing", "Oceanic 815", "The Only Pebble in the Jungle", "Paddle Jumper Reprise", "Shepharding Sun", "Sticking to Their Guns", "Sundown", "A Sunken Feeling", "SS Lost-tanic", "Sunny Outlook", "Temple And Spring", "Temple And Taxi", "Through the Window" and "Together or Not Together".

The piece also appears to have influenced a number other themes, including the departure theme.

Title significance

The first time this music plays is while the opening credits for the show are rolling. In other words, credit is being given to those involved at a time where it would seem appropriate to give them credit.

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