Song on the album
The song is four minutes long and is an instrumental waltz, which is unusual for them. The track contains the same guitar used for Sunrise and the same piano synths from Sub-culture. It only runs for 5 minutes.
This song was used in award-winning More and Pretty in Pink.
The full song
New Order revealed that the song Elegia is a 5-minute promo of a 17-minute song. When the internet came out, a poor-quality version of the 17 min song came out. The song finally got released on the Retro compliation at the end of the rare bonus fifth disc. It also appeared on the 2008 bonus disc.
Elegia is latin for elegy. Both Elegia and The Him are in memory of Ian Curtis.
The song is divided into two segments, the first lasts for 8 minutes, this is the quiet version, and the second is with the guitar breakdown.