The all-white flag has been used as a signal for laying down of arms since the Roman Empire, The historian Cornelius Tacitus mentions a white flag of surrender in AD 109. It is now an universally recognized protective sign of truce or ceasefire, as well as a symbol of surrender. Its bearer is by international custom immune from harm.
The white flag is often used by songwriters as a symbol for giving up. Artists that recorded songs titled after the internationally recognized sign of surrender include: Dido
, Ashlyne Huff
and Dave Barnes