What the Soul Coughing song means, according to M. Doughty:

I was walking over on lower Second Avenue with my guitar, and this drunken man walks up to me and goes, "Hey, excuse me, how do you get a white woman to love you?" Bright boy that I am, I answered, "Uh, try writing her a song." "You write her a song, you got a guitar," he answered indignantly. "Her name's Janine."