From window set in beam and plaster
I glass the spot where she sat last year
Lost atop the rocks with shivering mouth

Now I cut the wood I fill the stove
I eat my soup I write my notes
Recalling the last problem of the Alps
Recalling the last problem of the Alps

We grew up in the Alpenwoods
And from day one we understood
We'd always be each others, come what may

Now I cut more wood, I do my chores
I'll wait for you forevermore...
Recalling the last problem of the Alps
Recalling our last problem of the Alps
Forever our last problem of the Alps
Forever our last problem...
Forever... Forever... Forever...
Forever... Forever... Lost atop the rocks

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Last problem of the Alps song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentLove this song
    goonerfanon November 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgree that this is a continuation of Matterhorn, disagree she was a suicide. Mountain climbing is ridiculously difficult claiming hundreds of lives each year and the rule, cold as it may be, is that the dead do not burden the living... In other words, people are left where they died. Climbers often leave notes in the pockets of those who died as the narrator in Matterhorn does, his tears freezing as he descends leaving her up there.

    In this song he continues to live, hard as it may be, always reminded of her by his view of the mountain that claimed her life...
    grenon December 30, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis looks to be the counterpart to the second track on the album, Matterhorn. In that song a women dies atop the famously difficult-to-scale mountain top in the Alps--"up high in a friendless wind / tears frozen upon descent." She was carrying a note in her jacket from the narrator of this song, "some apology about some mess." It's not depicted as a suicide, but she was apparently troubled ("something about her came untied") and restless. ("What's wrong with the safe and warm? What's wrong with a book and tea at night ?") Here, the man remembers his dead lover while doing mundane tasks.
    jason7cson August 10, 2014   Link

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