This piano-driven number was written, produced and arranged by New York-bred R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. It's the twelfth track on her third studio album, As I Am.
Keys wrote this ballad as a result of meeting children surviving in difficult circumstances whilst traveling in Africa. The song is a cry for help from someone who is feeling "heavy-hearted" asking for "an angel, to guide me."
Keys performed this as the opening number on the charity telethon, Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief that was held on January 22, 2010.
This is an entirely difficult song to the 1938 Duke Ellington tune of the same title.
Dido helped shut down a Neo-Nazi Web site after learning it was using "White Flag" to promote its hateful messages. Owners of the site had misinterpreted the track as racist and thought they represented their white supremacy views.