Dido

White Flag

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If it wasn’t for Dido’s pensive and melancholy delivery, “White Flag” could be every lovelorn stalker’s theme. The singer’s “Hunter” may have been about a lover who wants to wander but “White Flag”’s protagonist is unwilling to give up, even if they know it’s over. It’s gut wrenching to hear how our kicked-to-the-curb heroine will “go down with the ship” and is “in love and always will be.” What keeps “White Flag” from being creepy and totally destitute are some heavenly production touches. There’s Dido’s sweet delivery, the multi-layered sound, the delicate piano outro, and strings that supply an almost empowering element, making the hopeless message sound stately. It’s all very beautiful, the perfect soundtrack for weeping, and the definition of “wistful” in a song.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
White Flag/Paris 2003 BMG International
Life for Rent 2003 Arista 4:01
Life for Rent [Single] 2003 Arista
Absolute Music, Vol. 44 2003
Various Artists
Eva 3:59
Hit 40 UK 2004
Various Artists
Telstar TV 4:00
Girls Night Out, Vol. 3 [BMG] 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:37
Totally Hits 2004 2004
Various Artists
BMG / Warner 3:37
Big [WEA] 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 3:38
New Woman: The New Collection 2004 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:01
Ö3 Greatest Hits, Vol. 25 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:58
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Alta Marea
Superstars #1 Hits Remixed 2005
Various Artists
BMG Strategic Marketing Group / BMG Heritage 4:08
Drive Time [Universal/WB] 2005
Various Artists
WEA / Warner Special Marketing 3:58
The Ultimate Acoustic Songbook 2005
Various Artists
Bmg Tv 3:59
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Voices [Jive] 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG / Sony Music Distribution 3:34
Beautiful Lovesongs 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:02
Venus & Mars: The Chill out Album 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Only Love: The Collection 2006
Various Artists
Sky Records 3:37
You're Beautiful [Sony BMG] 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sbm Records
Girls in the City 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:01
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sbm Records 3:58
Singer 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:00
Come Dine with Me Presents: Dinner Party Songs 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:36
Dinner Party Songs [2010]
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 4:00
Radioactive: Mainstream & Rock Series (August 2003)
Various Artists
X-Mix