I love how this song has a feeling of not being able to help yourself falling for temptation even though you know that it will ultimately bring trouble to your life…
… And Sarah sure seems to have a hard time with temptation.
I wanted to use “As The World Falls Down” for a performance I was doing but was only allowed to use a song that was around 3 minutes long. Since As The World Falls Down is almost 5 minutes in length I edited the original a bit to more resemble the version used in the movie.
Here is what I came up with along with the ballroom scene from the movie, slightly edited to make everything fit.
In the Labyrinth novel that accompanied the book in 1986 it is stated that instead of “As the world falls down”, Sarah’s music box plays the old English song “Greensleeves”.
A reason for why the song is different is never given but if you look into the history of the song you start to discover it’s true meaning.
The song is assumed to be written about Anne Boylan’s rejection of Henry VIII and in the “supposed” Greensleeves lyrics (found here for example) Henry the VIII is heartbroken after offering Anne anything she wanted if she would only love him… sounds very familiar.
Delving into it deeper one can also find references to Henry VIII being a captive of his love for Anne (“Within You”) and he goes on to list things he’s done for her which he thought would please her (“I’ve turned the world upside down…” ect) only to be met by her rejection. The song then ends with his saddened words of being her love forever even though she’s left him.
Henry VIII is remembered for being lustful, egotistical, harsh and an insecure king.
I made the video trying to reflect that Jareth made Sarah’s fantasies come true in an almost overpowering way which she was dangerously close to giving into… denying him she not only gave him up but also a part of herself… any theories on which part?
Happy Anniversary Labyrinth fans!
I decided to make a tribute video to Labyrinth 24th anniversary and it had to have a song that spoke of reflecting on the past in a relationship between two people. (I take Labyrinth way too seriously don’t I? 😛 )
I chose this song because you can’t really tell if the couple is together or not… exactly like no one really knows what happened to Jareth and Sarah after the movie ended.
My first ever Labyrinth fan video! 😀
I’ve loved this song for ages but when I listened to it with Jareth in mind I just couldn’t resist making a video. The song speaks of a man who seem cool, in control and is the envy of all around him… while in fact certain parts of him that aren’t exactly as they seem.
So it’s fitting with the theme that one of Sarah’s challenges in the Labyrinth is facing her fantasies and the control they have over her.