"Black Beauty" is a song by Lana Del Rey from her second major-label album Ultraviolence. It was written with Rick Nowels and produced by Paul Epworth while Nowels produced the vocals. The demo was finished sometime in June 2013 and leaked on July 18, 2013. It serves as the first bonus track from the album.
Lana stated that the song was for her second major label album, which would be more spiritual, but after it leaked the status of the song on the album became unknown. The song is about Del Rey loving a man who doesn't appreciate the beauty of life, and lamenting the sadness of this. This theme connects the song to others like "Backfire". It was confirmed on May 8, 2014 that it would feature as a bonus track on Ultraviolence.
"Black Beauty" is a pop ballad with a running time of 5:13. It is in 4/4, written in the key of F major and has a BPM of approximately 120. The original demo of the track featured Del Rey singing over a synthesized organ, bass and strings with minimalistic drum beats and guitar usage. The album version's opening is largely the same as the demo, using the same vocal take and instruments. It starts to differ with the inclusion of a choir and electric guitar, with the chorus having more intense, rock influenced, drums and bass as well as a choir. The rest of the song continues to use heavier drums and electric guitar.
Due to the release of Ultraviolence and strong digital downloads of 'Black Beauty', the song debuted on the OCC (UK) chart at number 179.