Journalists give Lorde's 'Royals' a new twist for old media

Nov. 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM ET

Pining for the old days when print news ruled?

While many readers now prefer their news buzz-packed and paper-free, some journalists still long for the days of old media — and two of them found a new way to express that.

On Saturday, Aaron Edwards, associate editor for -- which is owned by NBC News -- mused about media with a few lines perfectly suited to a reworking of Lorde's hit "Royals," and it wasn't long before he had some help.

At that point, that was as far as a re-imagined "Royals" went, that is until freelance reporter Adrienne LaFrance took it to the next step. Before long that brief Twitter exchange was so much more.

LaFrance rounded out the lyrics for an apt (and hilarious) ode to how things are (virtual, viral and very digital) and the way things were (when print was king).

And we’ll never go viral (viral)
It don’t run in our blood
That kind of distro ain’t for us
We crave a different kind of buzz
Let me be your paper (paper)
You can fold and carry me
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule
Let me live that fantasy

Within hours, Edwards recorded it, and a fully-realized parody was ready for the world.