Use in the Film
The tune of As The World Falls Down is heard at the start of the film, as it is the tune played by the music box in Sarah's room at the start of the film.
The tune to As The World Falls Down It means how she feels unloved by her mother; since she left her and her father.
The song is featured most prominently during the ballroom scene where Jareth attempts to seduce Sarah with visions of an opulent, decadent lifestyle. The song plays as Sarah wanders through the ballroom, continuing as she is eventually found by Jareth and drawn into a dance with him. Although the song is mostly overlayed onto the scene, Jareth can be seen singing part of the song when he is dancing with Sarah. The song fades out as Sarah remembers that she has to save her brother Toby, dissolving into the background as the strikes of a clock resonate around the ballroom.
In the novelization the song is not mentioned, there is dialogue during the dance scene and Sarah's music box plays Greensleeves instead.
Music VideoThe music video features a mix of clips from the film, specially shot footage that shows David Bowie (who seems to be playing a version of his character from the film, Jareth) performing the song and clips a young woman - who appears to be an older version of Sarah - in an office.
The music video begins by showing an older Sarah relaxing in an office as a photocopier prints multiple images of Jareth's face. Meanwhile, Jareth is seen performing the track in an elegant room with Hoggle as his sole companion. A portrait of Sarah hangs on the wall. At one point the portrait crashes to the ground, prompting Jareth and Hoggle to look to the door as they falsely believe there is someone on the other side. The doorway is empty, and Jareth is seen staring ahead grimly upon realizing no one was there. Both Sarah and Jareth appear to want to go to the other, although neither of them are willing to take the first step.