Sitting on the floor with three of her friends harmonizing behind her, the 20-year-old pop star performs the ballad a cappella in a video posted Wednesday night (Nov. 29). “But I’m in the trees, I’m in the breeze/ My footsteps on the ground/ You’ll see my face in every place/ But you can’t catch me now,” the group sings in swelling four-part harmony, with Rodrigo playfully sticking out her tongue to the camera at the end.
“with the gurlz,” she captioned the clip.
The three-time Grammy winner penned “Can’t Catch Me Now” for The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, the latest installment in the Hunger Games film series starring Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth. Rodrigo attended the movie’s premiere earlier this month, revealing on the red carpet that composing the track had been a “challenge for me as a songwriter.”
“Lots of my songs are kind of about my personal life,” she continued. “It was a wonderful experience to try to write something from the character of Lucy Gray. [She] is a character that I feel very connected to.”
The “Drivers License” singer has posted several videos promoting the song, including one where she frolics through the woods and lip-synchs her own lyrics alongside one of her best friends, pop singer Conan Gray. In one particularly adorable TikTok, she and her mom dance along excitedly to the song’s climactic outro. “Mom approved,” Rodrigo joked in her caption.
So far peaking at No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Can’t Catch Me Now” follows just a couple months behind the release of Rodrigo’s sophomore album Guts, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in September. The Disney alum is currently in the running for six awards at the 2024 Grammys, including record, album and song of the year.
Watch Rodrigo and friends sing “Can’t Catch Me Now” a cappella below:
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