Stephen Colbert, Sturgill Simpson Debut Waffle House Anthem: "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Knuckleheads"

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After recently finding out that the Southern breakfast chain has jukeboxes that play songs about the Waffle House, Colbert became obsessed with recording an original that would be worthy of late-night spins.

Just in time for the 4th of July weekend, Stephen Colbert and country star Sturgill Simpson debuted their new American national anthem on The Late Show on Thursday night: "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Knuckleheads."

After recently finding out that his beloved Southern chain of all-day breakfast, The Waffle House, has jukeboxes that play songs about the Waffle House, Colbert said he became obsessed with recording an original that would be worthy of late-night spins by the bleary-eyed Waffleheads stumbling in after bar time. "So I reached out to alt-country superstar Sturgill Simpson and said, 'Sturg, do you want to do a Waffle House song with me?' And he said, 'Hells to the yeah!," Colbert revealed.

Well, Waffle House loved it, so Colbert and Simpson took a trip to the Charleston, South Carolina, Waffle House where the host spent his misbegotten youth and attended the red carpet debut of their song on the jukebox. "No spitting, no yelling, no slip and slide / And if you're gonna get sick better head outside," Simpson sings on the down-home ditty. "No sleep in the booth, save it for your bed / No shirt, no shoes, no knuckleheads."

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