BTS – BAEPSAE (뱁새 / Crow Tit) Explained by a Korean


In light of BTSs comeback, we are taking a look at their fiercest and most political song “Baepsae” All you need to know is this Korean idiom It means that if you try to do something that’s out of your reach, out of your capabilities, then you will likely fail. Crow tits or baepsae have short legs,
but storks have very long legs. So obviously crow tit trying to catch up
to the stork will likely fail. Here the storks are referring to people in power, the big companies, conglomerates and older generations And in this video I will focus on the last meaning
– older generations because the previous two meanings have been covered a lot by other explanations. Here BTS is using crow tits as a metaphor for the younger generation or the millennials of South Korea. They are trying very very hard to catch up
with their parents’ generation the baby boomers or the storks They also use another metaphor of teacher
to refer to the older generation, who are born with a ‘golden spoon’. They say this, because during the ages of the baby boomers in South Korea, they were experiencing huge economic growth and it was extremely easy to get jobs
get housing and stuff like that. But the economy in South Korea
is now at its maturing stages and the side effects of ultra-fast economic growth have boomeranged to haunt the current generation. Currently the millennials are facing
extremely high pricing of houses as well as high disparity between the rich and the poor and also extreme all-time high youth unemployment In this verse BTS addresses the social injustices that millennials commonly face in Korean society. For example ‘passion pay’.
This is a very common practice in Korean society where companies basically pay young workers below minimum wage or nothing at all in return for experience. The company’s logic is : because they are offering a job and an experience that many young people have passion for, they are the ones that are actually doing
the service for the young people, ‘N po-sedae’ is another newly made word That is used to describe the millennials of this decade they are a generation that has basically given up what many consider to be
basic human rights and wants because of extremely high youth unemployment rates and also a very low wages compared to living class We have many different variations of ‘n-po-sedae’ to describe the millennials of South Korea. It originally started from ‘sam-po-sedae’, which is used to describe the Millennials, that have given up dating, marrying and giving birth due to economic instability Then it evolved to ‘oh-po-sedae’, which added giving up employment and buying your own house and then it evolved into ‘chil-po-sedae’, which added human relationships and hope now the word ‘n-po-sedae’ is most commonly used, because they have basically given up
all their dreams and hope. In these lines BTS talks about
the want to change the system. The word ‘chong sang’ in the last lines
has a double meaning. First: it means normal and second: it means top. So basically not only is BTS talking about how
this is not a normal situation. Society is sick. But also they are saying: we are not at the top yet
and we have to push further. Here BTS addresses how the older generation blames the millennials for their struggles, saying that it is due to a lack of effort. The word ‘noryuk’ is pronounced ‘nooooryuk’ by BTS and this is a very commonly used
internet slang among millennials to sarcastically describe, how the older generation blames them for the lack of effort. Baby boomers often neglect the fact
how society is completely different now compared to when they were growing up and also the economic situation is completely different. They also neglect the fact that a lot of the economic problems that these millennials face today, were in fact caused by baby boomers. For example housing prices,
that are extremely high so that millennials have basically given up
buying their houses. These were driven up by baby boomers,
buying multiple houses (for) speculation and for investment purposes. Yet many baby boomers simply neglect that fact and tell the millennials that
they should try harder, work harder so that you can perhaps buy a house 20 years later. On the surface level these lines just simply
seem like a cry for help a call for a helping hand. However, the word ‘baepsae’ in the very last line
is a very clever play on words. Basically, this word would sound
like a curse word to the Korean ear. It sounds very very similar to ‘ship saeya’ or ‘gae saeya’ which are both very serious curse words in South Korea. So not only are they crying for help and
not only are they asking the crowtits to unite, but they are also calling the older generations ************

100 thoughts on “BTS – BAEPSAE (뱁새 / Crow Tit) Explained by a Korean

  1. Wow..nice to know this meaning- ilove it the meaning of the song, because wth this things young generation tend to be depressed and keep asking themselves did I make u proud "" a lot of suicide cases in korea somehow has this issue. Nice meaning and iget to love it more.. mwahhh

  2. Am I Wrong is another song of theirs with social commentary 😊 I read/watched some explanations back then, but I'd love a DKDKTV take on it 💜

  3. thank you for these explanations! I loved the song not really understanding it 😛 i love it to the fullest now <3

  4. I'm a new fan and wtf I never pay attention to this amazing song! I love that they are political, I hope they would do more songs like this.

  5. they’re iNTELLECTUALS. like—they’re making their own music, their own lyrics, and their own money. iM SO PROUD OF THEM OMGGGG

  6. Someone noticed that the dance is adjusted to the lyrics in some way? The leg move in the refrain could have a connection to the crow tits and storcks leg difference, saying we will live up to this name (crow tits) and raising their leg, raising their legs as best as they can except their length

  7. im crying. thank you so much for sharing videos like this. as a non-korean, i feel sad that there is a depth to their music that i cannot reach, but your stuff really helps me bridge that gap. tysm ♡♡♡

  8. This is another reason why as a GenXer I appreciate BTS – we were sh*t on too, as a generation – we were called indifferent and lazy, and were faced with a bad economy when we were young, etc. (Sound familiar?!?) BTS reminds me of that and reminds me to "shut up" when I want to start rolling my eyes at millennials. Generational wars aren't helping anyone, and sadly, aren't anything new.

  9. Well damn now I feel better knowing the meaning behind this song it's a common failure in many parts of the world and I think we have it much worse where I'm living on account of war. But I love that BTS made a song about this and thank you for the explanation.

  10. "Old generation blame young generation #YGeneration, We want better World have old generation do sh… what they done and doing…… ⚠️☢️☣️ BEST Part 5:49

  11. I was initially attracted to this song because of the sensual pelvic thrusts but after hearing the explanation… MY MIND IS BLOWN.

  12. and also what's the meaning of Hip Thrust part?? if you noticed tho.. what Jimin doing to Yoongi when it comes the hip thrust part.. and boom, isnt it looks like 18+ to you?? or just me?

  13. I wish I had you guys as my everyday Korean teachers. I love learning a language with the cultural background <3 Thank you guys!

  14. Todo ,bien ,todo bonito, pero no explica. el movimiento de caderas de J Hope y la mano en la entre pierna de RM!!😜

  15. 6:01 "-but they are also calling the older generations… Motherf*ckers."
    I shouldn't be laughing at this lmao

  16. That was deep!!! that's why i like BTS and i find them unique and special… i love meaningful songs with deep topics that makes you try to figure out the hidden messages in it!! i get high on deep intelligent discussions… i find that so sexy! A dude with sexy brain is 100000 sexier than a dude with 6 packs…

  17. Omg I never knew that this much of deep meaning is there in this song…. Really amazed by BTS work …. And thank you for the explanation 😊 keep up ur good work .
    #BTS4LYF

  18. America is dealing with this too. This song is universal. I was told to work harder too. Screw that.

  19. Hello anyone reading this. Can someone who knows Korean Well please teach me Korean? I have tried learning apps like (dUoLinGo) but they never work all I know is ㅋㅋㅋ is ha ha ha

  20. I am new to the Army, but i love hearing this content from them. You can tell how thoughtful they are about many things. Its nice to watch them want to lead our generation not just be a typical boy group.

  21. we stan legends. i was shocked to see thay you're also the ones who explained ddaeng wow that's really amazing. I watched that video when I was just starting to be an ARMY and I appreciated their music more when I watched your video 💜

  22. kkkk amo demais bts, obrigada pela explicação. ( I love you so much bts, thanks for the explanation ).

  23. It's not good from me, but I loved it!!! 😂🙈 É quase a mesma realidade do Brasil, agravada pelos escândalos da corrupção e isso faz eu me sentir representada.

  24. this is our national anthem now. The anthem for people who are suffering because the old people left us this mess of a system to live in

  25. As a korean American who dreams to teach English in Korea, I appreciate you taking your time to explain this to a confused person (aka me) I picked up on half of that, but not that much, so thank you 😊

  26. I love this series!! I love their song lyrics (thanks for the translations) but i'm loving them like 100000000000x more because of the korean culture references 💜 sometimes the translations are not spot-on so these videos really help 🥰

  27. bish i cant focus on dkdktv because when bts appear in thw screeen and dancing baepsae im getting high but i really want to focus on dkdktv

  28. como exemplo o Brasil, país onde para ter um emprego é preciso ter experiência, e para ter experiência é preciso ter um emprego, e ninguém está disposto a te dar nenhuma das oportunidades, é difícil crescer quando ninguém está disposto a "apostar" em alguém jovem…

  29. Hah!  Crow tit is a specific bird!  That alone was worth watching this video.  The rest of the explanation is just gravy, but certainly explains why this song is a fan favorite.  BTS doesn't hit this hard very often, but when they do, it's golden.

  30. Tbh some older ppl around me always tell me that I am not doing enough/well to be on their level and they always complain that our generation were "laziest" and "most likely to give up easily". Some ppl need to understand that their generation wasn't the same as ours, and not all the things that happens in the past can happen in the present. Not all feet fits the shoe. Smh

  31. I was here focusing on their hip thrusts like an idiot, their chero fits the topic really well now that i see it f the system

  32. This song is so relevant to most developed countries. I live in Australia and we are facing the same problems and it’s a dire situation really

  33. Please please please let this comment be seen. There's a 2018 Korean movie titled "Default" where the crisis is comprehensively explored. Watch it please. You'll learn a lot not only about the situation in Korea but probably economics in general and financial situation in your country as well

  34. Wow feeling the meaning of this song in America, baby boomers fucked up our economy. Somehow it is our fault as to why we can't find affordable housing, decent pay and I'm not going to talk about Healthcare….

  35. Nooo se mamaron con el final 10 de 10 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 estrellas buen servicio okya
    Hablando enserio me sorprendió a qué punto lleva el significado
    Esta generación es la peor (según los mayores o otras generaciones) la he escuchado mil veces solo que los que lo dicen no se dan cuenta que son ellos los causantes 100% de acuerdo.

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