In battle, a white flag signals surrender. By stating there will be "No white flag," Dido indicates she will not give up on the relationship. The term "Shipping" (Dido lyric: "I will go down with this ship") can also refer to fan fiction, where fans create relationships (thus the "ship") between characters that they hope will happen. Dido's song is based on reality, however. It is about her split with her boyfriend Bob Page, who is the guy she wrote the song "Thank You
" about. They were engaged, but split up in 2002.