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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Producer(s) Paul Epworth
Rick Nowels (vocals)
Recorded 2013
Length 5:08 (demo)
5:13 (album version)
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"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.

Background

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.

Composition

"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.

Commercial performance

Due to the release of Ultraviolence and strong digital downloads of 'Black Beauty', the song debuted on the OCC (UK) chart at number 179.

Lyrics

I paint my nails black,
I dye my hair a darker shade of brown,
'Cause you like your women,
Spanish, dark, strong and proud.

You paint the sky black,
You said if you could have your way,
You'd make a nighttime world today,
So it'd suit the mood of your soul.

Oh, what can I do?
Nothing my sparrow, blue.

Oh, what can I do?
Life is beautiful,
But you don't have a clue.
Sun and ocean, blue,
That magnificence,
It don't make sense to you.

Black beauty, oh-oh-oh-oh,
Black beauty, oh-oh-oh-oh.

I paint the house black,
My wedding dress black leather too.
You have no room for light,
Love is lost on you.

I keep my lips red,
To seem like cherries in the spring.
Darling, you can't let everything,
Seem so dark blue.

Oh, what can I do,
To turn you on or get through you?

Oh, what can I do?
Life is beautiful,
But you don't have a clue.
Sun and ocean, blue,
That magnificence,
It don't make sense to you.

Black beauty, oh-oh-oh-oh,
Black beauty, oh-oh-oh-oh.

Black beauty, oh-oh-oh-oh,
Black beauty, oh-oh-oh.
Black beauty, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh,
Black beauty, baby, black beauty, baby.

Oh, what can I do?
Life is beautiful,
But you don't have a clue.
Sun and ocean, blue,
That magnificence,
It don't make sense to you.

Black beauty, oh-oh-oh-oh,
Black beauty, oh-oh-oh-oh.
Black beauty, oh-oh-oh-oh,
Black beauty, oh-oh-oh-oh.

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