Session drummer Hal Blaine played on this version of the song. Other musicians on the record included John Anderson on trumpet, John Ewing on trombone, Jewell Grant on sax, Ray Johnson on piano, and Clifton White and Rene Hall on guitar, and Clifford Hills on bass.
In 1974, Cat Stevens recorded a version of the song which peaked at No. 6 on the U.S. Hot 100, No. 13 Easy Listening, No. 1 in Canada twice, on September 28 and October 19, separated by two other No. 1s, and No. 19 in Stevens' UK homeland. Stevens, who is now known as Yusuf Islam, altered the lyrics from describing an exasperated lover to describe an unemployed man seeking work upon his religious conversion.
Claude François recorded the song in French as "La vie d'un homme" (lit. "A man's life"). Notably, this is thanks to Cat Stevens having sung it, as Claude François also adapted "Wild World" (in 1971 as "Fleur Sauvage"; lit. "Wild Flower"), thus having a former business relation with Cat Stevens as well as an ear out for his musical hits.