"Parting Words" is an orchestral piece from Season One. Four ascending melodies combine in various ways, initially to form the raft's theme. Afterward, it plays during rescue or reunion scenes in exactly one episode per season.
Sun gives Jin a notebook to help him to speak English. He says he's sorry, they say they love each other and Jin says he will go on the raft to save her. With the raft about to launch, Charlie finishes collecting messages to place in a bottle. Walt says goodbye to Vincent, then Shannon; Jin says goodbye to Claire, then Charlie; Michael says goodbye to Sun. Sawyer collects Charlie's bottle and looks for Kate but sees she's not there. The survivors push the raft into the water and cheer as it successfully launches. Vincent tries to swim to the raft, but Walt shoos him back to shore. Sawyer and Michael hoist the sail. Sun and Jin look back at each other. The raft floats away. The scene then shifts to an ominous pillar of smoke.
Full list of appearances
"Parting Words" and its variations play during the following scenes.
- The survivors lay the raft on rails but derail it before reaching the sea. ("Exodus, Part 1")
- The raft launches. ("Exodus, Part 1")
- On the Raft, Jin thinks about his newfound freedom. ("Exodus, Part 2")
- In a Previously on Lost recap, the raft launches. ("Adrift")
- The tailies and the raft passengers come to the beach camp. ("Collision")
- Jack makes contact with Minkowski by phone. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 2")
- Arzt wishes Michael luck on his voyage on the raft. ("Tropical Depression")
- Rose, Sun and Claire talk about getting off the island. ("The Beginning of the End")
- Sawyer greets Hurley, Jack and Kate after a three year absence. ("Namaste")
- Drive Shaft and Daniel Widmore play a rock and piano mix at the benefit concert. ("The End")
Variations on the theme in "Parting Words" appear in "The Gathering", "Naomi Phone Home," "The Hole Shabang", "Moving On" and a special rock/piano mix bonus track from the season 6 soundtrack called "Parting Words (Drive Shaft)."
During the piece's first appearance, survivors say goodbye as the raft passengers part.