Late 90s Soft R&B song (male)

I am looking for a song from the late 90s. It played often on the radio. It is a male artists has a soft Rhythm and Blues sound.

It is a love song and all I remember are fragments of the lyrics

"I'd rather be the words you may (or might) linger on, than some piano you never play "

many of the verses start with" I'd rather be" I think

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