Dido - “White Flag”
I know you think that I shouldn't still love you, Or tell you that. But if I didn't say it, well I'd still have felt it where's the sense in that? I promise I'm not trying to make your life harder Or return to where we were I will go down with this ship And I won't put my hands up and surrender There will be no white flag above my door I'm in love and always will be I know I left too much mess and destruction to come back again And I caused nothing but trouble I understand if you can't talk to me again And if you live by the rules of “it's over” then I'm sure that that makes sense And when we meet Which I'm sure we will All that was there Will be there still I'll let it pass And hold my tongue And you will think That I've moved on….
In the lyrics, it mentions white flag. One might wonder, why is a banner of color white signify surrender. Why not, say, some flag with words “I Surrender”, or a flag with a sad smiley, or a flag of blue color? This is very easy to explain. First of all, understand that sticking a flag signifies claim. So, raising a blank flag, is one most natural and simple way to signify surrender. Flag with text has problems with language communication. Often, warring are between people of different clan or language. A surrender flag with some universal design on it would rely on some pre-agreement, and is rather more complicated. A blank flag, white flag, is naturally the simplest, and itself became the universal flag for surrender. See also: The Star Spangled Anthem.