She would meet me in the morning on my way down to the river
Waiting patient by the chinaberry tree
With her feet already dusty from the pathway to the levy
And her little blue jeans rolled up to her knees.
I'd pay her no attention as she tagged along beside me
Tryin' hard to copy everything I did
But I couldn't keep from smilin' when I'd hear somebody sayin'
"Looky yonder, there goes Jodie and the kid."
Even after we grew older we could still be seen together
As we walked along the levy holdin' hands
For as surely as the seasons she was changein' to a woman
And I'd lived enough to call myself a man.
And she'd often lay beside me in the coolness of the evening
Till the morning sun was shinin' on my bed
And at times when she was sleepin' I would smile when I'd remember
How they used to call us Jodie and the kid.
Now the world's a little older and the years have changed a river
'Cause there's houses where there didn't used to be
And on Sundays I go walking down the pathway to the levy
With another little girl who follows me.
And it makes the old folks smile to see her tag along beside me
Doin' little things the way her mama did
But it gets a little lonesome when I hear somebody sayin'
"Looky yonder there goes Jodie and the kid..."