How do you start a rhyme?

It’s difficult. You say “Somewhere, down there” and then you go off at a tangent.”

In March 1982, a young French producer named Olivier Brice-Lefèvre (the same one who brought Pharrell and Jive’s Pharrell to fame) met a 17-year-old French girl who said she was interested in performing poetry and who also played a flute. They had a quick chat, then she told him about “the thing” that had captured her imagination: a French poem about a woman sitting at a table with two men. She could recite the first lines. Brice-Lefèvre wrote to his friend, Jean-Jacques Fiset, a French poet and critic. “Would you like to make a film about this? I’ll pay you,” he wrote, asking Brice-Lefèvre to send any poetry he’d written to a film studio in Switzerland. Brice-Lefèvre got in touch, and Fiset read more. Then Fiset sent his sister, an actress and dancer who was 15 when the two met, to Paris to find the perfect girl to do the singing role. She picked him. When Pharrell met her in London, he noticed she was the same age as Brice-Lefèvre, 15, and asked her if she would sing for him. She agreed. The first recording for Pharrell’s “good girl” album—the one he released in 2004, when she was 21—was in March of that year. It reached No. 2 on the UK charts, and she was named a Britpop champion. (The song, which goes, “Good girl/Just a good girl,” is very American: “Do you trust your boyfriend/Good girl, good girl/She knows everything,” from the “We Can’t Stop” single.) Three months later, on September 30, 1984, she sang “Good Time” at the Brits, and the two became friends on tour. A friend of Pharrell’s called to tell them that the girls would be featured in a movie that they were supposed to be in together. Pharrell asked his mother, “What kind of movie is that?” “Just a film about the girls and the boys—I’ll tell you the one,” he said. Pharrell went to the studio, where he and Brice-Lefèvre recorded the lyrics to “Good Time,” with the help of their friend. “We