Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
tells the stories of several different American outlaws and gunslingers of the 19th century. This song tells the tale of the gentleman highwayman who wrote poems for the people he robbed on Wells Fargo stagecoaches in California and Oregon between 1875 and 1883. Black Bart was actually terrified of horses, so he committed all of his robberies on foot. "He was always a character I wanted to write about, but it had to be at the appropriate time," Volbeat vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen
. "Since at least half of the album has those inspirations from western soundtracks, it was about time to bring him to life. He fit the title so well, because he was an outlaw gentleman; he's one of my favourite characters on the album."