White Flag
by Dido

Album: Life For Rent (2003)
Charted: 2 18


  • 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.
  • In the UK, this is Dido's biggest hit. She did top the UK charts with "Stan," a duet with Eminem.
  • Dido wrote this with Rick Nowels, who also worked with Michelle Branch on her hit "Game Of Love."
  • This won the award for Best Single at the 2004 Brit Awards.
  • Joseph Kahn directed the music video, which featured actor David Boreanaz, best known for playing the title role in the TV series Angel, a spin-off from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Kahn is a prolific music video director with a laundry list of clips from a variety of artists. Some of his other videos that tackle tough relationships: Brandy & Monica's "The Boy Is Mine," Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" and Kelly Clarkson's "Behind These Hazel Eyes."
  • A Neo-Nazi website misinterpreted the meaning of this song to be about white supremacy and used it as their theme tune. When she heard about this, Dido was disgusted that her music was been used to promote racial hatred and successfully had the website closed down. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Adam - Dewsbury, England, for above 5
  • This earned Dido an Ivor Novello Award for International Hit Of The Year. The awards are held in honour of Ivor Novello, the British musician and songwriter who died in 1951.

Comments: 18

  • Thomas from DenmarkOne thing I can't get: Why does she sing: "There will be NO white flag above my door?" Isn't she surrendering? Isn't she "going down with the ship"? I don't understand why she sings "NO white flag"....Can someone help me out here?
  • Leo Lynn from Sacramento, Cathis message is for Benjamin, of Monroe, Washington, who related loving this song despite having struggles with suicidal emotions related to having a breakup...Ben, I have written a novel that deals with the search for true love that leads to the deepest of human emotions related to lost love..."The Stone Heart" is a tragic tale of a man literally driven to the edge of a cliff that ultimately relates a message of hope to battle the despair you and others are experiencing...find this book, read it, and, hopefully, discover the light that exists in love and life's darkest moments...
  • Alma from Laredo, TxAn awesome song for all relationships.
  • Tori from Partyin Mardi Gras Style, Lai caught my dad singing along 1 day wen we were listening 2 the car in the radio. my dad always likes great asongs, so i listened 2 (i mean, really listened) & now i luv it. truly do. its an amazing song.
  • Thao from Cantho, Viet NamI have listened to this song for years but i'm just really crazy about it recently. I don't know why but there must be a reason!
  • Tom from Dallas, TxI was introduced to Dido with "Thank You" by a girlfriend. I included "White Flag" in the playlist I put together after we broke up. Quite a parallel between her writing the songs and my listening to them.
  • Benjamin from Monroe, Wai absolutely love this song. it makes me cry. im currently in a residential treatment facility for suicide attempts and a major depressive disorder that was mainly sparked by a terrible break up. this song tells exactally how i feel. 'im in love and always will be'
  • Eleanor from London, EnglandBest song ever. Let me take that back. One of the best written songs-EVER.
  • Harry from Thomson, NvThis song is a love at first hearing. Amazing song and it truly needs a big heart to keep loving after your girl is gone and still love without expecting anything from her.
  • Glenn from Los Angles, CaNot many songs along this line of thinking have been written. It's okay to love my old girl in my heart till I die though I know she is not going to come back and has moved on.
  • Scott from Bellevue, WaArguably one of the best songs in the world evvvvvvver. You lost your lover and you still love her without affecting her. Truly terrific song backed up by a great tune. It's not a surprise Dido won so many awards for this song.
  • Jesse from Seattle, WaYou know what Dido means if you've loved once in your lifetime...and it got too late for you to convey it to the other person...Wondering why she just released 2 albums with this kind of talent. Hear it with repeat-on and the beat/lyrics will sink into your soul.
  • Alen from Chicago, IlI have liked this song ever since I have heard of it but have never imagined I would be relating my life with this song.

    Yes, there will be no white flag. I'm in love, and always will be......
  • Sara from Traverse City, MiI love this song, it makes me feel like no matter what in a realtionship you can give it up or try to keep it alive. It's an amazing song.
  • Ben from Pensacola, FlI too love this song. I do find complete humor in the fact above though.

    'A Neo-Nazi website misinterpreted the meaning of this song to be about white supremacy and used it as their theme tune'

    I can just see a room full of skinheads sipping wine with Dido playing in the background. Crying on each others shoulders about how hard seperation from their cell mates is. ROFLLMAOROFLLOLOLOLOL
  • Elle from Railand, WaThis is the best song ever the momment I first heard I loved it I looked up the lyrics and found the tittle, then I bought the CD and had it in my Cd player on repeat. I can really relate to this song and it helps me get through to my feelings. Now that I've heard this song I never want to listen to any other voice or song. This is an amazing song, I absolutly love it.
  • Gerald from Tacurong City, Otherthis is a very good song!probably of the century!
  • Jo from Aa, AfricaWhite flag is a real song and for whatever reason that she worte it I really don't care, but love what it says and kinda says what I feel... in a way!
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