"White Flag" as written by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, Kano, and Bashy,....
Look, yo, no castaway, no survivor
I ain't lost and this ain't shipwrecked
I feel small in this big wide world
A mummy ain't said 'Honey, I shrunk the kids' yet
I ain't Jesus but I'm walkin' on water
There's no bombs here, there's no walkers
I can break out of jail with a lighter
So is there any point in making laws, blud
This ain't Atlantis, are you sure
I nearly suffocated when I touched the shore
No rain, condoms it poured and up the road
You'll never guess who I saw

Uh, uh, uh, it's K-A
Look, skip on the beat like Ali in the gym
Honey I'm home this is where I wanna live
Just found it like Nemo on the d-low
I don't know if it's greener, but it's green though
On the other side of the fence, bind to the ends
No fence, no stress, no rent, no superficial shit, this real flow
Where the women look hot, but the beach cold
And the speech goes like, hi little lady
Sex on the beach, wanna try for a baby
Word in the village, I'm a little bit crazy
Swag up on a hundred degrees, no eighty
Look, if heaven had a V-I-P, uh, this is it, white sand, blue sea
But I don't know who they are and I'm damn sure they don't know me
But I come in peace

Cool, white flag, white flag
No war
No guns
No Corps
Just life
Just love
No hype
Just fun
No ties

Just me and my mind
Just me and my wife
But tell me if I'm dreamin'
'Cause I don't wanna wake up 'til the evenin'
And I don't wanna be left sleepin'
From all the diseases that I breathe in
Look, respect the island, no stealin'
And don't bring religion here, no three kings
It's great and we ain't leavin'
We come on in peace, sing
White flag?
White flag


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"White Flag" as written by Jamie Hewlett Damon Albarn

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  • +1
    My Interpretation"Look yo, no castaway no survivor
    I ain't lost and this ain't shipwrecked"

    I just realized that these are all probably supposed to be referring to their respective movies/tv shows of the same name.

    Capitalize 'em.
    PhilipWithOneLon March 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI always thought of this song as an exposition for the rest of the album. Like they're saying, "We're not trying to make some hugely profound statement, we're not trying to start a fight with anybody, we're leaving all the bullshit out; just sit back an enjoy the plastic beach, friends."
    naysp8on March 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOkay, you guys probably arn'nt no...you guys are definately not going to get this...few people these days do...but thats kinda what the songs about!
    1) we are not humans with souls, we are souls with human bodies, and we have come here to make this place a sort of home/sandbox to learn about ourselves
    2)when it all began humanity was in perfect harmony "white flag? white flag."
    3) the mind is connected on every level to everything in existance for we are mearly different "viewpoints" of the spirit of creation (not god) "no three kings."
    4) the mind is more powerfull than you could ever imagine...lol...yeah "I can break out of jail with a lighter" (lighter=knowledge/enlightenment)
    5) laws and money are pointless hardships we need not force on ourselfs...we have been minipulated to see ourselfs as individuals not as different parts of a greater whole. and that is why we have war, racism, hate etc...

    Shall I keep going or to you get the whole "pre-society utopia paradise" message the song is portraying without further aid?
    themanwhoknewon December 07, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe story of the album takes place like 30 years in the future. The world is extremely hot do to global warming. But technology has evolved enough for us to "recreate" a paradise, and the song is about humanity giving up on saving the earth to live on this Plastic Beach. While nature outside is destroyed.
    Ponz42on March 01, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen I hear this song I always think of rook island from Farcry 3
    Sirmurdocon March 17, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFIrst!! a lot of people are hating on this song but dang i love it!!! as for the meaning, i have yet to decode it. white flag as in surrender? idk but terrific song!!! stoked about the album
    C0ldplayon March 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song, love it
    DoodleZombieon March 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti hear this on the first verse:
    i can break out a jail with the lights out
    so is there any point in making lost blood?

    could be wrong though...
    anyway, i think this song is basically about trying to find peace through isolation, and never really waking up to the real world around you. & though admittedly things would be pretty peaceful without paying attention to religion, war & tragedy, and becoming involved, they seem to know that they're dreaming & that you can't live that way honestly. "white flag" could ultimately stand for giving up in way also.
    just my take on it. ; )
    waltzaon March 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo excited for this album. I'm only going to explain what I see in this song, by itself, the first time I hear it, and not in the context of the whole album (someone else can connect it all)

    This song is about an escape, about creating a new place away from our pollution-heavy lifestyle

    "And I don't want to be left sleeping
    From all the diseases that I breathe in"

    This place is going to be away from the military-industrial complex, away from hierarchy (kings, rulers, presidents) and war. Living the way human animals are meant to, one could argue.

    Anyways, next song...
    BashTheFashon March 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow can you not like this song?
    PhilipWithOneLon March 10, 2010   Link

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