Folk singer Arlo Guthrie said he intends to release what he calls a new and improved version of "Alice's Restaurant" as soon as he finds ideal recording conditions. "It's just a matter of getting the right recording of the right timing of the right audience on the right night," Guthrie said. The anti-war ballad of the Vietnam era tells of the songwriter's Thanksgiving Day arrest for littering. The song has been updated with Guthrie's comments on historical events since the 1965 arrest that kept him out of the draft because of his conviction on the littering charge, said Sharon Palma, manager of Guthrie's label Rising Son Records.