In 2012 Anka revised the lyrics of the song for Chris Mann's debut album Roads.
In Mann's version the song is presented from the perspective of a young man looking to the future instead of an older man reflecting on his life.
I used words I would never use: 'I ate it up and spit it out.' But that's the way he talked.
I used to be around steam rooms with the Rat Pack guys – they liked to talk like Mob guys, even though they would have been scared of their own shadows." Anka claimed, "When my record company caught wind of it, they were very pissed that I didn't keep it for myself. In the UK, the single achieved a still unmatched record, becoming the recording with the most weeks inside the Top 40, spending 75 weeks from April 1969 to September 1971.
Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious did a punk rock version of the song, in which a large body of the words were changed and the arrangement was sped up.