theprincependragon: What are your feelings on the lyric "The past is only the future with the lights on"? The line means a lot to me and I want to get it tattooed someday, but I'm curious as to what it means to you and what you were thinking when you wrote it.

markhoppus:

Thanks very much! I am very proud of that line, and it’s from of one of my favorite songs of all time.  I’m glad that you dig it.

To me, it means:  life is cyclical. people and situations change and come back again, and your experiences in the past give you foresight into the future before you.  You can choose to change or break the cycle, or choose to let it happen again.  That’s what I interpret that line to mean.

It’s been confirmed. I will finally get this tattooed after years of waiting/debating.