Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #133 – “Split the Difference,” from Boyhood


133. “Split the Difference,” from Boyhood

Our second song from Boyhood and definitely the stronger of the two. This is the first song performed in the film, as the kids come over to their father’s house in Houston during his days with them, and he sings this to them as a lullaby. And it’s just a beautiful song. It’s the perfect portrait of a man who still really loves his kids while separated from them and also fits his character — since he eventually stops trying to be a musician and settles down. When he was a father and was married, all he wanted was music, and now that he’s got the music, all he wants is his kids. It’s a perfect song for this moment in the film.

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