A re-recorded version of the song appears on Randy Newman
's 2017 album Dark Matter
. The new rendition adds a few new verses, concerning violence, surveillance and paranoia. The final verse touches on police brutality. It's a jungle out there
Even the cops are scared today
So if you see a uniform
Do exactly what they say
Or make a run for it
I'm only kidding with you!
'Cause it's a jungle out there.
Newman told Pitchfork
"I never liked saying 'I'm only kidding with ya' in my songs, and when I play this song live now, I have been trying to leave that line out. But I think [the narrator] has to say it, actually. It's a matter of getting the person in the song right. I'm a little confused myself about who the narrator of that one is. Personally, I don't think it's a jungle out there. I wouldn't say that. Because that phrase has been used wrong. There's something vaguely offensive about it, depending on whose saying it."